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Late night refreshment licence

Late night refreshments - when you need to apply and when you don't.

You may need a premises licence to if you are providing of late night refreshments such as the sale of hot food and/or hot (non-alcoholic) drink whether for consumption on or off the premises between the hours of 11pm and 5am.

This mainly covers:

  • takeaways
  • late night cafes
  • mobile vans


You don't need a licence for some types of refreshments including:

  • selling immediately consumable food such as bread, milk or cold sandwiches in an all night grocers shop, unless they are selling hot food or hot drink 
  • the supply of a hot drink by means of a vending machine, so long as it is operated by members of the public without the involvement of the staff on the premises
  • the supply of hot food or hot drink free of charge 
  • supplies by a registered charity
  • supplies on vehicles, other than when they are permanently or temporarily parked

Additionally you will not need a licence if you supply refreshments to:

  • anyone staying overnight in a hotel, guest house, lodging house, hostel, caravan or camping sites etc where the main purpose is providing overnight accommodation
  • staff canteens
  • a person engaged in a profession or vocation (e.g. tradesman carrying out work at a particular premises)
  • a guest of any of the above

You won't need a personal licence if you are not supplying alcohol.


You must be 18 or over to apply for a premises licence.


You must be, or appoint, a designated premises supervisor (DPS) when you apply for a licence. A DPS must have a personal licence to sell alcohol.

There may be other conditions added to your licence, e.g. having an age-checking policy if you sell alcohol, or that you must provide door supervision.

How to apply

Find out how to apply for a premises licence.