Any person intending to apply for:
must first give notice to the public of their intention to make the relevant application. This gives the public an opportunity to object to the application being granted.
Notices of an intention to make an application are made by publishing two completed copies of the relevant 'Form 1' forms, depending on the application being made:
Two notices must be made for each application:
Please note that publishing these notices does not constitute an application (see below).
Please also note that the notice should include up to date contact details and a mandatory postal address from Gibraltar. Postal addresses from other jurisdictions are not accepted.
Applications for the transfer of an existing licence to another person are not required to publish notices and these applications may be submitted directly to the OFT using Form 2d (see below).
For applications requiring a notice (see above), seven days after the date of the latest notice has been published, the applicant may then submit a completed copy of one of the following application forms to the OFT:
To apply for the transfer of an existing licence to another person the applicant may submit a completed copy of Form 2d - Application for transfer of licence where business is to remain on the same premises. No notice is required for this type of application.
Each application from must be accompanied by the relevant documentary evidence supporting the application. A checklist setting out the relevant supporting documents for each application is set out below:
Should the premises from which a business shall be carried out require alterations, the relevant planning permission must be sought by making an application to to the Department of Town Planning & Building Control (Suite 631, Europort) prior to applying for a business licence.
For relevant fees please see below.
Any person who wishes to object to the issue of a licence may, in accordance with section 74 of the Fair Trading Act 2015, give notice of his objection within seven days from the date on which the relevant notice has been published. The objection notice must set out valid grounds for objection.
The objector must give notice of their objection to both:
Note that objection notices that have not been served onboth the BLA and the applicant cannot be considered by the BLA.
The filing fee for an objection is £90. The OFT will not be able to accept the notice if the £90 objection filing fee is not paid to the OFT.
The objection must be made using the relevant Form 3:
The following fees are applicable in respect of business licence matters:
|Fee for an application for a new licence for a single business class||£162|
|Fee for the renewal of an existing licence with a single business class||£108|
|Fee for an application for a provisional licence – start ups||£102.50|
|Fee for each additional business class included on an application for a new licence||£97|
|Fee for an application to extend the scope of an existing licence by each additional business class||£97|
|Fee for application to transfer licence to other premises||£97|
|Fee for application to transfer licence remaining on the same premises||£97|
|Objection filing fee||£97|
|Fee for each additional business class included on a renewal for an existing licence||£65|
|Fee for application for a duplicate licence||£38|
|Inspection of the business licence register||£5.50|
|Guidance Notes: Business Licensing Forms|
|Goods Category List for Trade|
|Form 1A Notice of intention to apply for a new licence|
|Form 2A Application form for a new licence|
|Checklist New licence supporting documents|
|Form 1B Notice of intention to apply for an extension to an existing licence|
|Form 2B Application form for an extension to an existing licence|
|Checklist Licence extension supporting documents|
|Form 1C Notice of intention to apply for transfer of licence to other premises|
|Form 2C Application form for the transfer of licence to other premises|
|Checklist Transfer of premises supporting documents|
|Form 2D Application for transfer of licence where business is to remain on the same premises|
|Checklist Transfer of Licence supporting documents|
|Form 2E Application for a duplicate licence|
|Form 3A Notice of objection to an application for new licence|
|Form 3B Notice of objection to an extension to scope of licence|
|Form 3C Notice of objection to a transfer of licence to another premises|
For further guidance about the various forms and how to complete and submit these please refer to the OFT's guidance notes.
We trust you have found the information provided above useful. If you have any questions however please do not hesitate to contact the Business Licensing team.