Change of Designated Premises Supervisor

A change of Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) only changes the identity of the Designated Premises Supervisor and does not alter the licence in any other way.

A change of DPS can be given immediate effect upon the receipt of an application by the Licensing Authority, which is West Somerset District Council. This is to ensure that there is no interruption to normal business at the premises.

If the police raise no objection to the application, the licensing authority must amend the licence in accordance with the application, and return it to the new licence holder.

Role of Designated Premises Supervisor

Every sale of alcohol must be made, or authorised by, a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS). If no DPS is detailed on the premises licence, no supply of alcohol can be made.

No supply of alcohol may be made under a Premises Licence at a time when the DPS does not hold a Personal Licence or his Personal Licence is suspended.

Only one DPS may be nominated for each premises licence. The DPS does not have to be present all the time but should be easily contactable. However, as they are responsible for ensuring the premises are compliant with the law, we would recommend you appoint somebody who has day-to-day responsibility for the relevant part of the business.

The DPS must hold a valid personal licence. Separate guidance and application forms on Personal Licences are available.

Application for change of DPS must be made to the Local Authority, and must include:

  • Fully completed application form
  • Signed consent of the proposed Designated Premises Supervisor
  • Relevant fee of £23.00.
  • Original licence (or the appropriate part of it) or a statement of the reasons why the premises licence cannot be produced.
Copy to Police

A copy of the application must be served on the Chief Officer of Police within 48 hours of serving the application on the Licensing Authority. The copy of your application should be sent to Police at Liquor Licensing Bureau, PO Box 3259, Bristol.

Once the application has been determined, you must notify the new DPS (if that person is not yourself), accordingly.

Removal of Designated Premises Supervisor

If you no longer wish to be the Designated Premises Supervisor on a premises licence, you must apply to the Licensing Authority for your name to be removed from the premises licence.

If you are the holder of a premises licence, you will need to enclose the licence (or appropriate part of it) or provide a statement of the reasons why it cannot be produced.

If you are not the holder of the premises licence, you must, no later than 48 hours after notifying the authority, give the holder of the Premises Licence:

  • a copy of the notice or notification
  • a notice directing the licence holder to send to the local authority within 14 days of receipt of the notice, the premises licence (or the appropriate part of it) or a statement of the reasons why the premises licence cannot be produced.

Once all the above steps are taken, your name will be removed from the licence as being the DPS.

There is no fee for this notification.

The relevant forms can be found under related documents.