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What is involved in making a premises licence application?
The submission of a licensing application will normally involve:
- Taking your instructions and checking your proposed plan.
- Drafting an application form which includes an operating schedule setting out how you will promote the licensing objectives.
- Drafting a newspaper notice publicising the application and arranging publication of the same.
- Producing a “blue notice” for display at the premises during the statutory consultation period.
- Submitting the application to the Licensing Authority.
The example fees set out below cover the average cost of applying for a new premises licence (under Section 17 of the Licensing Act 2003), or to vary a licence (Section 34 of the Licensing Act 2003), to allow an ‘average’ business to carry out one or more licensable activities.
What your fees include
- Taking your instructions.
- Advising you how to promote the licensing objectives within your premises licence application.
- Advising on the type of plans required to accompany your application and the fee levels payable to the licensing authority.
- Completing and submitting the application along with suitable plans (provided by you).
- Arranging for the advertising of the application in the local newspaper.
- Advising you on where the notice advertising the application needs to be displayed in compliance with the Licensing Act 2003.
- Providing a designated premises supervisor (DPS) consent form for the personal licence holder to sign.
- Checking the licence for accuracy and sending it to you after it is granted.
The fixed fees set out below are based on a licence application being run with a combination of junior and senior lawyers whose time will be apportioned depending on the complexity of the case.
We generally assess whether a premises licence application is simple, medium, or high complexity according to the following criteria:
- The size, type, proposed opening hours and activities of the premises.
- The location of the premises, e.g. a site within a Cumulative Impact Area or a sensitive residential area is likely to qualify as medium or high complexity.
- Any other factors that mean that the application is likely to be controversial or attract objection.
|Type of application
||Free scale (excluding VAT) (fixed fees based on £325 hourly rate)
|Minor variation of premises licence application
||£850 (plus VAT)
|Simple premises licence application or full variation
||£1650 (plus VAT)
|Medium complexity application
||£2,000 - £4,000 (plus VAT)
|High complexity application
||£4,000 - £6,000 (plus VAT)
For medium and high complexity applications we will provide a bespoke fee proposal based on our hourly rates of:
Associate Solicitor: £230
Trainee or Paralegal: £130
The fees above assume that you have the correct type of planning permission for the use of the premises) and do not include any costs payable to a third party which may include the following:
- Premises Licence application fee (the minimum cost is £100 but varies according to property’s rateable value)
- Minor Variation of Premises Licence Fee - £89
- Variation of Licence to specify new DPS fee - £23
- Transfer of Premises Licence fee - £23
- Personal Licence Application fee - £37
- The cost of a public notice in the local press - variable
- Travel expenses - variable
- Temporary Event Notice - £21
Timing will depend, largely, on the complexity of the matter. If you can supply all the necessary documents, a straightforward premises’ application or variation will take around six weeks; a minor variation will take less. A more complex application, or one that receives objections from other parties, will take longer.
The fees outlined do not include:
- Obtaining suitable plans
- Attending pre-consultation meetings with the Licensing Authority or Responsible Authorities, nor their fee for this meeting.
- Attendance and representation at a licensing sub-committee hearing of the responsible authority. If representations are received and attendance and representation at a licensing sub-committee is required then we will provide a separate fee estimate for this work based on our hourly rate.