Licensing

Frequently Asked Questions for this Service

Question: Do I need to obtain a licence to have a car boot sale?

Answer: No, a licence is not required for this activity.

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Question: I hold a Personal Licence and have changed address, what action do I take?

Answer: Under the Licensing Act 2003, Personal Licence Holders have a legal duty to notify the Council of a change of address.

Forms required: No prescribed form. Send Original Licence and Card with covering letter indicating the change of address to Jubilee Stores, The Quay, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2EH
Fee: £10.50





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Question: Do I need a licence to be able to busk on the Isle of Wight

Answer: There isn’t any licence requirement for busking, unless all the proceeds are going to charity, this would then be considered a street collection.


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Question: How do I vary (change) the name of the Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) on the licence?

Answer: You must complete the relevant application form, along with a Consent form signed by the proposed DPS.
Forms required: (a) Application for a Variation to Premises Licence to Specify an Individual as the Designated Premises Supervisor.
(b)Consent of DPS
Fee: £23.00

Forms are available from the Licensing Section on 01983 823159 or online at the link below.

This whole application must be copied to the Police Licensing Unit, Police Station, High Street, Newport, IW.

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Question: I have taken over licensed premises. What action must I take?

Answer: You must transfer the premises licence into your name:
Forms required: (a) Application to Transfer a Premises Licence
(b) Consent Form to Transfer
Fee: £23.00

Forms are available from the Licensing department on 01983 823159 or online from the link below
This whole application must be copied to the Police Licensing Unit at the Police Station, High Street, Newport, IW
Unless the existing Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) is remaining at the premises you require a Personal Licence Holder to be specified as the DPS, and must apply to vary the DPS.

For the sale of alcohol, the premises licence is not valid without a DPS who holds a valid Personal licence. You must Vary the licence to specify an individual as the DPS. Please see separate FAQ to find out how to vary the licence. - Related Link

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Question: Can I hold an organised sponsored walk, cross country running challenge or similar events on Public Rights of Way?

Answer: It is generally regarded as acceptable to use Public Footpaths, Bridleways and Byways for organised sponsored walks, cross country running challenges and similar events.
Well managed events reduce the risk of disruption to communities, environmental impact and unfortunate occurrences.
Organisers should satisfy themselves as to the suitability of the route and should always consult with the owners of the land over which the public rights of way run. Check-points need to be established and arrangements made for vehicular access to certain points for emergencies, feeding stations and tidying-up operations. Organisers should also ensure all participants are clear about the route of the public right of way and properly aware of the public's rights and responsibilities when using them as set out in the Countryside Code.
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Question: I run a pub where customers want to smoke. How can I be expected to make them stop?

Answer: If you take all reasonable measures to prevent smoking and the customer will not extinguish his or her cigarette/ cigar/ pipe or leave the premises, you will not be liable under the legislation. If after you have taken these steps the person still refuses to stop smoking, you will need to implement your normal procedure for anti-social/ illegal behaviour in the premises. In any case where physical violence or intimidation is threatened, seek the assistance of the police.

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Question: How does the Smokefree legislation affect private clubs, e.g. rugby clubs, snooker clubs, golf clubs, working men's clubs etc.?

Answer: Premises in respect of which a club premises certificate has effect are explicitly covered by the Smokefree legislation and cannot be exempted.

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Question: I am a taxi driver, can I smoke in my own vehicle if I don't have any passengers?

Answer: No. Under the Smokefree regulations, all vehicles used for public transport will be required to be smoke free at all times.

This will mean that a member of the public can be sure that the public transport they use will be free from hazardous second-hand smoke at all times.
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