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Variation of DPS Notices

Should I continue to display the old summary whilst my variation is being processed?

Q: I run a village pub and my DPS has just moved on. I have made an immediate application to put my name on the Premises Licence as DPS, however the Summary on display at the premises has the old DPS’s name on it. How do I show my name on the Summary when I don’t have it back yet from the Council?

A: In making the application to vary the Premises Licence to change the DPS you evidently have sent the original Premises Licence (including the Summary) to the Licensing Authority, and it will take a few days for the application to be processed – perhaps up to 14 days, which is the maximum period the police have to object to any proposed DPS. But you raise a good question about the practicalities of displaying up to date details of the DPS in your pub as required by the law, as during this interim period you are of course treated as the DPS in any event. Firstly, make sure you ask the Licensing Authority for written confirmation of receipt for your application. Whilst you await the return of your updated documents I suggest that you continue to display a copy of the Summary with the name of the previous DPS, but keep the acknowledgement of your variation application from the council to hand, in case of a visit from the licensing team. As soon as the new licence is returned you will need to put the Summary of the licence on display at the premises to show your name as DPS.

In addition, the Premises Licence holder must display a notice at the premises specifying the position held at the premises by any person nominated to keep the Premises Licence or certified copy under their control. If that person (as DPS) is now you, then you must ensure that the notice is changed immediately. There are penalties for not doing so.

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