Premises licences lapse on the death, incapacity or insolvency of the holder. This notice allows the premises licence to continue for two months.

Sections 42 to 46 of the Licensing Act 2003 regulates interim authority notices.

The effect of an interim authority notice is to reinstate the premises licence as if the person giving the notice is the holder of the licence. This allows licensable activities to continue for a maximum of two months pending its formal disposal or transfer.

You may give an interim authority notice if you:

  • Have a legal interest in the premises as freeholder or leaseholder
  • Are a limited company, partnership, unincorporated association or other  organisation with a legal interest in the premises as a freeholder or leaseholder
  • Are a personal representative for the former premises licence holder (where the former licence holder has died)
  • Have power of attorney
  • Are the insolvency practitioner for the former premises licence holder

What you need to do

You must

  • Give us the notice within seven days beginning the day after the day the licence lapsed
  • Send a full copy of the notice and copies of any accompanying documents to the police

 You must provide

  • An application form
  • The fee

 What happens

  • The notice becomes effective as soon as it is served on us
  • The person who gave the notice is then the holder of the licence


See our alcohol and entertainments fees and charges.

Submit an interim notice

You can submit a notice online using the GOV.UK website.

Apply online – submit an interim notice

Or you can download the application form below, complete it and return it to us. Photocopies are not accepted. Cheques should be made payable to Rushmoor Borough Council.

What happens once we receive your notification

As soon as we receive your notification, we will allocate it to one of our licensing officers who will check to ensure that the notice is valid and has been submitted to the police.

If there is a problem with the notice

If there is a minor problem with the notice, we may contact you for further information or may return the notice to you for correction. Where there is a fundamental error, the notice may be rejected.

Objections by the police

If they have concerns about crime and disorder, the police may object to the notice (within 48 hours). In such cases we will hold a hearing to make a decision.

If we don't receive any objections

The notice comes into effect and will last for a maximum of two months. You must apply to transfer the licence within this time, otherwise the licence will lapse.

We will issue you with a certified copy of the licence.

You must notify the designated premises supervisor (DPS) of the interim authority notice.

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