A Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) is required in any licensed premises where alcohol is supplied
With the exception of community premises, church halls and village halls (see Disapplication of DPS below) the DPS is expected to be the point of contact for Licensing Authorities, Police or Fire services if any problems occur. A premises will not be authorised to supply alcohol without a DPS. All applications for a Premises Licence must also include a DPS consent form. A DPS must also hold a current Personal Licence. Although the DPS is not required to be on site at all times they are expected to spend a significant time on the premises and should always be contactable, a premises can only have one DPS at any time.
If you would like to change the current DPS you will need to go online and complete the necessary form and pay the fee of £23.00. You must also return the original Premises Licence as a new one will be issued once the change is made. If this is not available you should complete the form to say why it is unavailable.
Once you have made the application online we will consult with the Police as required. It will act with immediate effect, unless you state otherwise.
The Police will confirm to Ipswich Borough Council that they have received the application. The Police have a 14 day period in which to make objections to the proposed new DPS. If no objections are received you will receive your licence within 20 working days. If an objection is received the application will have a hearing in front of the Licensing Sub-Committee at Ipswich Borough Council.
Please note the Designated Premises Supervisor must hold a current Personal Licence issued by the Local Authority in which they live.
If you need to notify us of a change of name or address of a DPS you can do this online and pay the fee of £10.50. You must also return the original Premises Licence or explain via the form why it is unavailable.
If you would like to apply to be removed as DPS from a Premises Licence you can do this online. Please note if there is no Designated Premises Supervisor or if the Designated Premises Supervisor does not have a Personal Licence, no supply of alcohol can be made.
It is now possible for community, church and village halls to apply to remove the mandatory condition to have a Designated Premises Supervisor and pass the responsibility for authorising the supply or sale of alcohol to a Management Committee. The application must come from a Committee or Board with responsibility for the management of the community premises.
The criteria for eligibility is the same as those used for fee exemptions: those premises that are made available for community benefit most of the time and accessible by a broad range of persons and sectors of the community, including for purposes beneficial to the community as a whole. Premises that have an existing Premises Licence but are exempt from fees can usually apply for the disapplication of the DPS.
As Premises Licence holder the management committee will collectively be responsible for ensuring compliance with licence conditions and the law.
To apply you should:
On receipt of your application Ipswich Borough Council will make a decision based on: