Transfer a premises licence
Transfer a premises licence
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 doesn’t 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 on GOV.UK
You’ll need a debit or credit card
Other ways to apply
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) we strongly encourage all applicants to submit any application online via the GOV.UK website.
Fill in and return:
- Application to transfer a premises licence (PREM 8) (pdf, 454KB) (opens new window) or Application to transfer a premises licence (word doc, 254KB) (opens new window)
- Consent of Premises Licence Holder to Transfer (PREM 15) (pdf, 189KB) (opens new window) or Consent of Premises Licence Holder to Transfer (word doc, 59KB) (opens new window)
You'll also need to send a copy of the premises licence transfer application to:
- the Chief Officer of the police, 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 you’ve 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 you’ll still be responsible for paying annual licence fees until the valid transfer application is received and takes effect.
There’s 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 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 you’ve heard from us that there have been representations from the police.