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Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS)

Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) Applications and Appeals

The role of the designated premises supervisor is somewhat ill-defined, with the relevant legislation just referring to the designated premises supervisor (DPS) as the person who is specified as the “premises supervisor” on the licence. Additional information is provided in the Secretary of State’s guidance – “The designated premises supervisor is the key person who will usually be charged with day to day management of the premises by the premises licence holder, including the prevention of disorder”.

The official government website adds additional clarity;

“The person chosen to be designated premises supervisor (DPS) will act as primary contact for local government and the police. They must understand the social issues and potential problems associated with the sale of alcohol, and also have a good understanding of the business itself. While they need not be on site at all times, they are expected to be involved enough with the business to be able to act as its representative, and they must be contactable at all times.”

Designated Premises Supervisor

Our Licensing Defence Barristers have a great deal of experience of in dealing with objections to DPS and providing expert representation in hearings before the local authority."


As there is a certain lack of definition with respect to clear requirements in the legislation, the role of the designated premises supervisor in practice sometimes extends somewhat beyond that which seems to have been originally envisaged. On such occasions a DPS may provide a contact point for enforcement agencies so that any problems can be dealt with swiftly.

Further, In some types of premises, e.g. village halls, it is not always required to have a DPS, although we recommend that there should still be an identifiable person who takes responsibility for alcohol sales.

The police may object to the appointment of a particular DPS, but only in exceptional circumstances. Our Licensing Defence Barristers have a great deal of experience of in dealing with just such objections and providing expert representation in hearings before the local authority. We have a high success rate in achieving the appointment.

From time to time a DPS might resign from their post. This is actually a significant threat to the smooth running of a licensed premises and will mean that a replacement must be found urgently or alcohol sales must cease. Again, our experienced barristers able to turn around applications for a new DPS to be appointed.

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Our professional, results-focussed team of licensing barristers cover the full spectrum of licensing law including Personal licenses, Premises licences, construction of operating schedules, application for designated premises supervisors (DPS), dealing with representations from all relevant parties, advising on conditions, variation of premises licence, reviews of premises licence and transfer of premises licence, closure orders, club premises certificates, temporary event notices and all aspect of investigation and interview relating to potential prosecutions.

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