You need to apply for extended hours to your premises licence if you wish to sell alcohol during hours that are outwith your current core hours. You can only extend the core hours of the premises in connection with either:

  1. a special event or occasion to be catered for on the premises
  2. a special event of local or nation significance

Extended hours have effect for the period granted by the Licensing Board; however, the period of grant can be no more than one month. It is important to note that extended hours are for ad hoc occasions and that any events or occasions that take place regularly on your premises should be incorporated within your Operating Plan.

Examples of events which could be considered special or significant:

  • Weddings
  • Birthdays
  • Charity fundraisers
  • Christmas and New Year Celebrations
  • Local and National celebrations

Each application will be treated on its own merits.

How to apply

The extended hours application form is available for download:

Application for Extended Hours (Festive Period)
Application for Extended Hours (Festive Period)
Application for Extended Hours
Application for Extended Hours

Your completed application form and fee should be sent to:

Licensing Section
Municipal Buildings
West Bridge Street
01324 501575

You can also fax your application form to 01324 501588.

Changes to extended hours during the festive period

At the meeting of the Licensing Board on 26 June 2018, the Board approved a supplementary Statement of Licensing Policy in relation to extended hours over the Festive Period. This replaces paragraph 11.8 in the current policy.

Supplementary Statement of Licensing Policy - Festive Trading

This change reduces the length of the Festive Period and it will now begin mid-December and end on 02 January the following year (event to start on 01 January). A general extension of hours on certain dates during the festive period will be granted by the Board each year.

At their August meeting, the Board approved the following dates:

Date of general extension Terminal hour
Event starting on the following dates: Nightclub Premises Non Nightclub Premises
Friday 14 December 2018 4am 2am
Saturday 15 December 2018 4am 2am
Friday 21 December 2018 4am 2am
Saturday 22 December 2018 4am 2am
Monday 24 December 2018 4am 2am
Tuesday 25 December 2018 4am 2am
Wednesday 26 December 2018 4am 2am
Friday 28 December 2018 4am 2am
Saturday 29 December 2018 4am 2am
Monday 31 December 2018 4am 2am
Tuesday 01 January 2019 4am 2am

You do not need to make an application for extended hours on these dates.

Any premises requiring extended hours for dates that are not covered by a general extension must make an application to the Licensing Board at least 5 weeks before the event. As these applications will be outwith policy, they need to be determined by the Board and you will be asked to attend the Licensing Board meeting to speak in support of your application.

Premises taking advantage of the general extension of hours must comply with the mandatory late opening condition if they open beyond 1am.

Please note that this applies to on-sales premises only.