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Cardiff Council

Premises licence

As the Licensing Authority for Cardiff, we authorise the sale or supply of alcohol, the provision of regulated entertainment and the provision of late night refreshment (provision of hot food or drink between 11pm and 5am) from premises.

The licence is valid whilst the premises is used for licensable activities and is subject to an annual fee. We will automatically send you an invoice for payment every year. 

Apply online 



Apply by post


Please complete the relevant form(s) and return to us by post or in person:

Cardiff Council
City Hall
CF10 3ND


Opening Hours

Monday - Friday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Along with the application form, you will need to include:

  • a plan of the premises
  • an operating schedule (a brief description of how the premises will be operated safely and in line with the four licensing objectives) 
  • the correct fee
  • a form of consent from the Designated Premises Supervisor, if the application involves the supply of alcohol


If applying by post, the applicant must also serve a copy of the application (including any accompanying documents) to the responsible authorities on the same day that the application is submitted to the council's licensing section.

If applying online the licensing section will provide copies of your application to the responsible authorities.

Fees have been set by Central Government. The fees are based on the non-domestic rateable value (NDRV)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new windowof the premises. A full breakdown can be found in our alcohol and entertainment licence fees and charges (49kb PDF)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window

Premises that do not have a NDRV will be treated as falling into Band A for licensing fee purposes. Premises currently under construction and that have not yet been assessed by the VOA will be treated as falling into Band C. 

We accept the following methods of payment:

  • Debit card (by phone only - 029 20871651)
  • Cheque (made payable to ‘Cardiff Council’)
  • BACS:
    Sort Code 52-21-06 
    Acc No. 20408838​
    Address: Lloyds Bank Plc, 1 Queen Street, Cardiff, CF10 2AF.

    Please inform us of the reference number and date of payment if you are paying by BACS so that we can locate the payment.

The consultation period for grant/full variation applications is 28 days from receipt of the application. If no relevant representation is received within the consultation we will grant the licence.

Representations must relate to one or more of the licensing objectives, which are:

  • prevention of crime and disorder
  • prevention of public nuisance
  • public safety
  • protection of children from harm

    If relevant representations are made about the application from responsible authorities or other persons, the council's Licensing Sub-Committee will examine the application and hold a hearing consisting within 20 days following the end of the consultation period. This may not be necessary if the applicant is able to reach an agreement with the objectors before the hearing.

    If a hearing is held the licence can be granted or granted subject to additional conditions, licensable activities listed in the application can be excluded or the application can be rejected. We will send the decision to the applicant, along with any persons who made relevant representations and the chief of police.

    Any premises where alcohol is supplied under a premises licence must have a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) named on the Licence. They will be named in the operating schedule for any premises with a premises licence. 

    The DPS will not necessarily be the premises licence holder, although this may sometimes be the case. They will be the point of contact for the premises at all times for licensing authorities, or the police or fire services if problems occur at the premises.

    The licence is valid whilst the premises is used for licensable activities and is subject to an annual fee. We will automatically send you an invoice for payment every year.

    Statement of Licensing Act Policy (1.32mb PDF)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window 


    If you would like any help or advice please contact us. 


     029 2087 1651