Licensing CourtsLicensing Applications
Guidance notes for Applicants seeking to renew their Liquor Licence, Music and Dancing Licence or Club Registration at the 2018 Triennial Courts sessions can be found here.
2018 Triennial Court Dates are to be held on the following (Wednesday) dates:
- 21st February 2018
- 28th February 2018
- 7th March 2018
- 21st March 2018
- 28th March 2018
Licensing Court Rules 2014 came into effect on 1st September 2014. Any application to the Licensing Court made after this date will be subject to these Rules. Please note these Rules change the procedures and time limits for making applications before the Licensing Court.
The Licensing Court Rules 2014 can be accessed here.
Guidance Notes for Licensing Courts forms are available here
Licensing Court dates for 2017 & 2018
For time limits for filing any Licence Application, please refer to the Licensing Court Rules 2014.
- 9th November 2017
- (Thursday) 14th December 2017
- (Wednesday) 10th January 2018
- 22nd February 2018
- 15th March 2018
- 12th April 2018
- 17th May 2018
- 14th June 2018
- 12th July 2018
- 9th August 2018
- 13th September 2018
- 11th October 2018
- 8th November 2018
- 13th December 2018
Transcript of the opening addresses at the 2015 Triennial Sessions can be viewed here.
All On-Licence, Off-Licence, Club Registration and Music & Dancing licences will expire on 31st March 2018.
Every On-Licence, Off-Licence, Club Registration and Music & Dancing licence runs for a period of three years or to the end of the current triennial period. At the Triennial Sessions, which sit in February/March every three years, the court may renew licences that have already been granted, and issue new licences. NB: The triennial sessions solely deal with applications for the renewal of current licences and cannot deal with any other applications (i.e. new applications, variation applications, new Designated Officials etc). If you wish to make any other application other than by way of renewal, you must do so at the monthly licensing courts.
The application must be submitted to the court, in duplicate, together with the Filing Fee and Duty payable for the licence. Failure to do so will result in your application being returned.
The application forms are available below or can be obtained from the public counter.
|Type of Application||Form|
|On-Licence/Passenger Vessel application||LLP10/ON|
|Music & Dancing - (Company)||LC6A|
|Music & Dancing - (Individual)||LC7A|
|IoM Licensing Forum - Codes and Guidance manual|
|Licensing forms guidance notes|
Monthly Licensing Courts
The Licensing Court is chaired by Her Worship the Deputy High Bailiff accompanied by up to four magistrates. The court usually sits on the second Thursday of each month in a public court.
The Licensing Court deals with applications for:
- on-licences (and any variation of);
- off-licences (and any variation of);
- passenger vessels licences;
- designated officials;
- music & dancing licences (and any variation of);
- registration of clubs (and any variation of);
- club secretary;
- occasional licences;
- cinematograph; and
- weekly club and charity functions.
After receiving the application, the court grants the licences either at court, or in some instances, licences can be issued administratively in private chambers.
All Licensing Court Applications (together with all relevant supporting documentation) must be submitted to the court, in duplicate, together with the relevant fee (see guidance in relation to certain fees here). Failure to do so will result in your application being returned.
Applications which are heard at the monthly licensing court
|Type of application||Form(s)||Guidance notes|
|On-Licence/Passenger Vessel application||LLP10/ON||Licensing form guidance notes|
|Off-Licence application||LLP10/OFF||Licensing form guidance notes|
|Company Information||LLP10/A||Licensing form guidance notes|
|Club Registration||LLP10/CLUB||Licensing form guidance notes|
|Music and Dancing||LC6, LC7|
|Occasional Licence||LC3, LC4||Marquees and Tented structures, Fire Service letter & Fire Service guidelines, LC4 guidance notes|
|Designated Official (DO)||LL/1||Writing a reference for a Designated Official|
|Temporary Designated Official/Licensee||LL/5|
|Resignation/removal of Designated Official/Licencee||LL/6||Notification of...|
|Change in Club Secretary||Letter application||see below|
|Amendments to Licenced Premises||Letter application||see below|
|Cinematograph||LC8, LC8A, LC9, LC9A||LC8G, LC8AG, LC9G, LC9AG|
The fees for the various applications are detailed on the Fees page.
|Guidance notes for hosting of 18th birthday celebrations|
|Guidance for New Applicants attending the Licensing Court|
|IoM Licensing Forum - Codes and Guidance manual|
Applications without specific forms
Application to change the Secretary of a Club
A letter application should be sent to the court requesting the change of secretary together with a minute of the club’s decision to change secretary and the relevant fee. NB: All documentation should be submitted in duplicate. The letter should include full details of the new secretary and indicate which court sitting they wish to attend. Upon receipt, the court will inform the new secretary of a court date on which he/she should appear before the Licensing Bench.
Application to amend a licensed premises
A letter application should be sent to the court requesting the changes to be made together with plans detailing the proposed changes and the relevant fee. All documentation must be submitted and advertised in accordance with the time scales set out in the Licensing Court Rules 2014.NB: All documentation should be submitted in duplicate.
Weekly Special Permissions/Charitable Function Licences
Special permissions are weekly applications submitted by clubs to ask permission to hold a function where non club members will be attending. These may be considered by Her Worship, sitting alone, every Thursday. Applications must be lodged at the court office with the appropriate fee and supporting documentation by close of business on the Friday prior to the Thursday on which the applications are to be considered. Failure to comply will result in applications not being considered. Licences are made available for collection at the Courts of Justice public counter each Friday at 12 Noon. One (white) copy is retained by the applicant and the other copy (pink) should be forwarded, by the applicant, to the local police station in the vicinity of the event. Failure to collect the licences will be reported to the Police Alcohol Unit.
|Type of Application||Form(s)||Guidance notes|
Applications should be sent,in duplicate, to the following address:
Summary Courts Office
Isle of Man
|Post Code:||IM1 3AR|
The following Acts and Rules apply for Licensing matters
- The Licensing Act 1995
- The Licensing (Amendment) Act 2001
- The Licensing Regulations 1996
- The Licensing Court Rules 2014
- The Licensing Court of Appeal Rules 1996
- The Music and Dancing Acts 1961 to 1976
- The Cinematograph Act 1977
Copies of the legislation can be obtained from the Tynwald Library, contact details for which can be found on the Tynwald website.
For any queries which are not answered by the information contained on this page, please email the Licensing section here