The operating schedule explains how you propose to operate the business and promote the four licensing objectives. It includes:
- What activities will take place.
- The proposed hours.
- The duration of the certificate (if appropriate).
- Who the designated premises supervisor is.
- Whether alcohol will be sold, and if so whether it will be consumed on or off the premises.
- What steps you will take to promote the licensing objectives.
It should take into account the type, size, location and opening hours of the premises. You should be aware that what you write in your operating schedule will be used to produce conditions that will be attached to your certificate. So, you should make sure that the steps you are suggesting are realistic and within your control. If a certificate is granted with conditions attached requiring the implementation of such steps, the conditions will be enforceable in law and it will be a criminal offence to fail to comply with them.
Before completing your operating schedule we advise you consider reading our licensing policy, which gives clear guidance on our policies and expectations.
Plan of the premises
The plan must be clear and legible in all respects and drawn to a scale of 1:100 (unless otherwise agreed) and must show:
- The boundary of the building, including any external and internal walls and, if different, the perimeter of the premises.
- Points of access to and egress i.e. doors.
- Location of escape routes from the premises.
- The area within the premises to be used for each licensable activity.
- Fixed structures including furniture and temporarily fixed objects, such as seating, which may affect escape routes.
- Location and height of any stage or raised area relative to the floor.
- Location of any steps, stairs, elevators or lifts.
- Location of all toilets.
- Location and type of any fire safety and other safety equipment.
- Location of a kitchen, if any, on the premises.
You can use a legend/ key to explain the symbols used on the plan.
Advertise the application
You must advertise your application at the premises by displaying a notice(s) printed on blue paper where it can be easily seen from the outside of the premises during the 28 day consultation period. A copy of the notice along with photographs showing its display location at the premises should be forwarded to us.
A notice must also be published in a local newspaper on at least one occasion during the period of ten working days starting on the day after the day on which the application was given. A copy of the newspaper advertisement should be forwarded to us.
- Guidance on notices and suggested template (Word Doc)
Notifying responsible authorities
The Licensing Authority will provide a full copy of the application and all the accompanying documents to each of the responsible authorities (for example the Police and Fire Brigade).