Urgent Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

New restrictions for the hospitality sector have been announced by the Government on 8th September 2020 to control the spread of the virus as follows: 

  • all hospitality venues eg pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants must close or operate on a takeaway only basis
  • all venues and takeaways must close by 10pm and remain closed until 5am. 

These restrictions have immediate effect and you must adhere to them straight away.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic we are requesting that all licensing business is dealt with electronically for the foreseeable future. This is via the website where possible, or via email at licensing.unit@bolton.gov.uk.

Applications forms for all areas of licensing are available on our website. To avoid delay please do not post any applications as we cannot guarantee they will be received in a timely manner.

Where the usual requirement is for an original document to be submitted, we will accept scanned copies during this time.


Further to the Government announcement that some businesses will be permitted to open from the 4th July, they have published guidance and advice on their website for restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes or takeaways here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/restaurants-offering-takeaway-or-delivery

It is important that you let us know the plans you have put in place to reopen.  We have sent a questionnaire to all businesses that hold a premises licence or club premises certificate.  Please return it by emailing it to us at licensing.covidrecovery@bolton.gov.uk. You can also download a copy of the questionnaire here.

Following on from our letter, please note the email address included was incorrect. Please resend to licensing.covidrecovery@bolton.gov.uk. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Thank you.

Temporary event notices (TENs)

Temporary Event Notices (TEN’s) are being processed as usual and in-line with the legislation. However given the tight time-scales involved, applicants should submit their TENS applications online to the Licensing Team at licensing.unit@bolton.gov.uk and also copy-in any relevant officers into the email at the same time.

The email addresses for the relevant police and environmental health officers can be found in this document.

Who needs a licence?

You will need a licence if:

  • alcohol is sold by retail sale or supplied by a members club
  • entertainment is provided (music, dancing, cinemas, theatres, indoor sports, boxing and wrestling)
  • hot food is provided between 11pm and 5am

There are two types of licence you may need:

  • personal licence
  • premises licence

How to apply

Personal licence

Please complete and return the Personal Licence Application form.

Please ensure you read the guidance notes before applying.

Premises licence

Please read the Premises licence application guidance notes and then complete the relevant application forms from the downloads section.

How much does it cost?

Please see fees and charges for details.

Other requests

You will need a licence or permission for varying and transferring, and for temporary events. Please see the downloads section for the relevant application form.

Temporary events

Apply for a temporary event notice

Search for a temporary event notice