Last updated:
24 November 2017

Fire safety and licensing of events

Find out about fire safety and licensing for events.

Premises licences

These licences authorise the use of any premises (vehicle, vessel or movable structure or any place or a part of any premises) for licensable activities such as:

  • selling or supplying alcohol
  • serving hot food and drinks between 11.00pm and 5.00am.

You’ll also need a licence if you provide various types of entertainment. You can find out more on GOV.UK.

Licences are issued by the local district and borough councils, who consult West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service on the public safety elements of any applications under the Licensing Act 2003. This gives us the opportunity to assess the nature of the application, the premises type and the fire precautions to make sure the public will be safe. As a result we may provide you with fire safety advice or conduct a fire safety audit of your premises.

Under the FSO the responsible person must also conduct a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment of the premises.

Other licences

You can find out more about licensing on your local district or borough council's website:

See also: Fireworks and explosives licence.

Government guidance about venues


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