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Apply for an interim authority notice

A premises licence will normally lapse on the death, mental incapacity or insolvency of the holder. Where a company holds the licence, it lapses on dissolution or insolvency.

As it can take some time for a deceased person's estate to be dealt with, you can apply for an interim authority notice. This allows the licence to be reinstated for a limited period, so the premises can still operate.

Who can apply

An interim authority notice can only be given by either:

  • a person with a prescribed interest in the premises
  • a person connected to the former holder of the licence

This would normally be a personal representative of the former holder, or someone with power of attorney. Where someone has become insolvent, it would be that person's insolvency practitioner.

How to apply

You can do this within 28 days of the licence lapsing. This time period begins the day after the licence lapses. 

  1. Download the application form

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  2. Fill in the application form

    You can fill in your application form online. To edit the form you'll need a recent version of Adobe Reader

    Open the form using Adobe Reader instead of your web browser.

    You can edit it in your own time and save it to your device. When you’re ready, you can continue to the online submission (step 3).

    Alternatively, you can print the form and fill it in. Then you’ll need to scan it and save it to your device so you can attach it to your application.​​​​

  3. Send us your form and make a payment

    Make sure you’ve saved your completed form to your device before you start the online application.

    You should have your debit or credit card ready as we will take your payment as part of the online application process.


    The fee for an interim authority notice is £23.

What happens next

As soon as we receive the interim authority notice, the business may continue to operate as before. The premises licence lapses unless and until the notice is given. Continuing to trade before submitting the notice would be a criminal offence.

The maximum period an interim authority notice may have effect is three months.

If you do not supply the correct information, documents or fee, your application will be rejected.

What happens if my licence has lapsed?

We may take action against you if your licence has lapsed.