How to transfer a premises licence.

If you sell or lease your licensed premises to a new owner, you can transfer the premises licence. This only changes who the new premises licence holder is and doesnt change the licence in any other way.

The application to transfer the licence must be completed by the new premises licence holder. Only the current licence holder can give consent to transfer a premises licence.

You must be over 18 to apply.

Immigration Act 2016

If you apply as an individual to transfer a premises licence you must provide proof that you are eligible to live and work in the UK. 

See Licence and Immigration Act 2016 for information on the Immigration Act 2016 and the documents we accept for proof of residence.

Apply online to transfer a premises licence 

Apply to transfer a premises licence 
on the GOV.UK website

You'll also need to complete the consent to transfer form Go to (opens new window) on GOV.UK

Youll need a debit or credit card

Other ways to apply

Fill in and return:

You'll also need to send a copy of the premises licence transfer application to:

  • the Chief Officer of Police, Licensing, First Floor, PO Box 3119, Bristol, BS1 9GG
    • or you hand can in your copy in person at:  Avon and Somerset Constabulary The Bridewell, 1-2 Bridewell Street, Bristol, BS1 2AA 
  • Home Office Immigration Enforcement, Alcohol Licensing Team, Lunar House, 40 Wellesley Road
    Croydon, CR9 2BY

Who is liable for annual fees

Once a transfer application has taken effect, the new premises licence holder becomes responsible for paying the annual fees associated with a premises licence.

If you have applied to transfer a premises licence and become the new premises licence holder, you should discuss with the previous licence holder any annual fees which accrued before the date the transfer took effect to ensure these are paid.

If youve sold your licenced premises and given consent for the premises licence transfer, be aware that if the transfer application is not considered valid for any reason, you'll still be the premises licence holder.This means youll still be responsible for paying annual licence fees until the valid transfer application is received and takes effect.


Theres a fee of £23 to transfer a premises licence.

How to pay

If you apply online you pay directly with a debit or credit card.
If you apply by post you pay by cheque or postal order made payable to Bristol City Council.

Tacit consent

Tacit consent applies to transfer of premises licences this means that you can assume your application has been granted after the 14 day consultation period has ended unless youve heard from us that there have been representations from the police.