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

You can also fax your application form to 01324 501588.

Changes to extended hours during the festive period

At its meeting on 19 December 2018, the Board approved a new Statement of Licensing Policy. The new policy incorporates the Supplementary Statement of Licensing Policy approved by the Board in June 2018 which related to festive trading i.e. the Festive Period will now begin mid-December and end on 2 January the following year (event to start on 1 January). A general extension of hours on certain dates during the festive period will be granted by the Board each year and published here.

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.