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Change of designated premises supervisor

The new person you wish to appoint as the designated premises supervisor (DPS) must be a personal licence holder.

Right to work and immigration status (Immigration Act 2016)

The licence holder is required to ensure that the DPS has provided documentation to themselves to prove their entitlement to work and immigration status in the UK.

To be a DPS they must be resident in the UK and:

  • Have the right to live and work in the UK and
  • Have no conditions preventing them from doing the licensable activity 

To prove this the DPS needs to include copies or scans (which don’t need to be certified) of the following documents:

The licence holder needs to sign the application to vary the DPS to say that they are satisfied that this is the case.


This allows community premises (such as village halls) to apply for the requirement to have a DPS to be removed. The management committee would then be collectively responsible for alcohol sales.

This application can be made either with a new or variation application for a premises licence or to an existing premises licence.

Apply online

Apply to specify an individual as a DPS Apply for a DPS to be disapplied Request to be removed as a DPS Consent to be designated

You can also apply by downloading an application form and sending it to the licensing department. If you apply by this method you will also need to send a copy of the application form to the chief officer of Police.


The fee for the variation/removal of a community premises Designated Premises Supervisor is £23.

What happens next

The application may take effect immediately or on a date specified in the application form. We will issue you with a revised premises licence and licence summary.

If the Chief Officer of police for the area where the premises is situated is satisfied that the exceptional circumstances of the case are such that granting the application would undermine the crime prevention objective, he must give a notice of this to the licensing authority within 14 days. We will then hold a hearing to determine the notice given by the police.