How to apply and obtain an Alcohol / Liquor License / Permit in London, UK?

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Procedure to apply and obtain an Alcohol License in UK

  • To sell or provide alcohol in England and Wales, businesses, groups, or individuals must first get a license or other authorization from a licensing body, typically a local council. The Home Office is in charge of overseeing the law and policy governing this area.
  • You must fill out an application form and submit it to your neighborhood council along with the required fee to apply for a license. Depending on the application you are making, you might also need to send copies of your form to the police and other “responsible authorities.”
  • You can apply online if your council accepts electronic applications.
  • If not, you can apply by using the postal forms in this advice’s applicable section.
  • You can find the license form here.
  • You should also speak with your neighborhood council about the application procedure.

The contact details for Home Office (Immigration Enforcement) are:

Alcohol Licensing Team
Lunar House
40 Wellesley Road

Documents Required

  • You’ll need to complete the appropriate application form provided by the local authority.
  • A detailed site plan of the premises where you intend to sell alcohol.
  • Personal identification documents, such as a passport or driver’s license.
  • A utility bill or other document showing your address.
  • Depending on the license type, you or certain staff members might need to undergo a DBS, formerly a CRB check.
  • This might be required to ensure the safety of your premises.
  • Proof of insurance coverage might be necessary.


  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • For a personal license, you’ll need to obtain a recognized Personal License Holder qualification.
  • The premises you intend to use must suit the intended activities and meet safety and hygiene standards.
  • You and your staff should not have relevant criminal convictions.
  • For further details check here.


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