Right to work and immigration status

A licence may not be held by an individual or an individual in a partnership which is not a limited liability partnership who:

  • does not have the right to live and work in the UK
  • is subject to a condition preventing him or her from doing work relating to the carrying on of a licensable activity

Any premises licence issued on or after 6 April 2017 will lapse if the holder ceases to be entitled to work in the UK.

Applicants must demonstrate that they have the right to work in the UK and are not subject to a condition preventing them from doing work relating to the carrying on of a licensing activity. They do this in one of two ways; 1) by providing with this application copies or scanned copies of the following documents (which do not need to be certified) or 2) by providing their ‘share code’ to enable the licensing authority to carry out a check using the Home Office online right to work checking service.

Documents which demonstrate entitlement to work in the UK

Family members of EEA nationals who are studying or financially independent must also provide evidence that the EEA national and any family members hold comprehensive sickness insurance in the UK. This can include a private medical insurance policy, an EHIC card or an S1, S2 or S3 form.

Original documents must not be sent to licensing authorities. If the document copied is a passport, a copy of any page containing:

  • the holder’s personal details including nationality
  • the holder’s photograph
  • the holder’s signature
  • the date of expiry
  • information indicating the holder has permission to enter or remain in the UK and is permitted to work should be provided with the document (if the document is not a passport, a copy of the whole document should be provided)

Your right to work will be checked as part of your licensing application and this could involve us checking your immigration status with the Home Office. We may otherwise share information with the Home Office. Your licence application will not be determined until you have complied with this guidance.

Home Office online right to work checking service

As an alternative to providing a copy of the documents, applicants may demonstrate their right to work by allowing the licensing authority to carry out a check with the Home Office online right to work checking service.

To demonstrate their right to work via the Home Office online right to work checking service, applicants should include in this application their nine-digit share code (provided to them upon accessing the service at Gov.UK) which along with the applicant’s date of birth (provided within this application), will allow the licensing authority to carry out the check.

In order to establish the applicant’s right to work, the check will need to indicate that the applicant is allowed to work in the United Kingdom and is not subject to a condition preventing them from doing work relating to the carrying on of a licensable activity.

An online check will not be possible in all circumstances because not all applicants will have immigration status that can be checked online. The right to work checking service sets out what information and/or documentation applicants will need in order to access the service. Applicants who are unable to obtain a share code from the service should submit copy documents.

The application form must be signed. An applicant’s agent (for example solicitor) may sign the form on their behalf provided that they have actual authority to do so. Where there is more than one applicant, both applicants or their respective agents must sign the application form. The address on the form is the address which we shall use to correspond with you about this application.