Under the Licensing Act 2003 the annual fee for a licensed premises becomes payable each year on the anniversary of the date the licence was initially granted. The fee is payable irrespective of whether the holder of the current licence intends to close the business at some point during the coming year or has taken over during the preceding year.
Up to £4,300
£4,301 - £33,000
£33,001 - £87,000
£87,001 - £125,000
£125,001 and above
There is no legal requirement for Councils to issue reminder letters or invoices. Ipswich Borough Council assists Premises Licence holders by sending out invoices approximately one month prior to the due date. These letters detail how much is due, when it's due and the options for making payment.
The responsibility to pay the fee lies with the holder of the Premises Licence. If you have recently become the Premises Licence holder you will still be required to pay this fee. Ipswich Borough Council cannot waive or reduce the fee or accept payments in instalments.
Annual fee payments can be made in various ways and details are provided on your invoice.
As a result of the introduction of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, the 2003 Act has been amended. Where the annual fee has not been paid Ipswich Borough Council MUST suspend the Premises Licence and no licensable activities will be able to take place. Ipswich Borough Council will notify the Premises Licence holder of the suspension in writing and specify the date on which the suspension will take effect. This date will be at least two weeks after the day the notice of suspension is given.