Activities requiring a licence

 The following activities require a licence under the Licensing Act 2003: 

  • Sale and supply of alcohol;
  • Late Night Refreshment (provision of hot food and/or drink between 11pm and 5am);
  • Regulated Entertainment

The Licensing Objectives

Persons providing these activities must promote the four licensing objectives:

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

 Our Licensing Policy 

Hertsmere Borough Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy 2023 – 2028 was adopted by Full Council on 23 February 2023.  

The Council is required by Section 5 of the Act to review and publish its policy every five years.     

If you have any question regarding the Statement of Licensing Policy please contact our Licensing team via email at

Applying for a licence 

Premises licences

All premises on which any of the Licensable activities takes place requires an authorisation under the Act. This may be a:

  • Premises Licence [Link]
  • Club Premises Certificate [Link]
  • Temporary Event Notice [LINK]

 Further information on applying for a premises licence. 

Personal Licences (to authorise the sale of alcohol)

Each sale of alcohol must be made or authorised by an individual holding a personal licence. There must always be a personal licence holder named on the premises licence called the Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) in order to supply alcohol.

Further information on applying for a personal licence.

 Objections to applications and complaints about premises

Applications for a premises licence and club premises certificate are consulted on for 28 days before they are determined.  Once granted however, the licence can be reviewed by the Council if an application is submitted to it, requesting such a review.