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Late hours catering licence

A late hour catering licence is needed by all places serving food, whether on a "sit-in" or "carry-out" basis, between the hours of 11 pm in the evening and 5 am the following morning.

View the  guidance notes on late hours catering licences (PDF) [119KB]  for more information and exemptions.

If you are a current licence holder and wish to vary your licence, please view the Guidance note for a material change in circumstances (PDF) [110KB]  and complete the Material Change in Circumstances application form (PDF) [209KB] . The application fee is £74.

How much does a licence cost?

The application fee payable depends on the length of licence that you want.  A one year licence is £376 and a three year licence is £435.

The fees change every year so check with the licensing office before you send payment.

How do I apply?

Apply online

If you have difficulty applying online please contact the Licensing Department on (01738) 475180 between 9am and 1pm weekdays.

What happens if the Council fails to make a decision on my application within 9 months?

The licence will be granted or renewed.

Last modified on 02 April 2024

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