Fixed Fees for New Premises Licences or Variation

Fixed Fees for New Premises Licences or Variation

Our fixed-fee service for applications for a premises licence under Section 17 of the Licensing Act 2003 or variations of an existing premises licences under Section 34 of the Licensing Act 2003

Our Fees for Simple Applications

We offer a fixed-fee service for simple applications for a premises licence under Section 17 of the Licensing Act 2003 or a simple variation of an existing premises licences under Section 34 of the Licensing Act 2003.  

A simple application is one which does not involve:

  • a cumulative impact policy;
  • a mainly residential area;
  • the licensable activities of providing late night refreshment or regulated entertainment;
  • a large-scale public event; or
  • an application which is a medium or high complexity application as set out below.

Our fees for a simple application are £420 plus VAT plus fees we pay to third parties on your behalf such as application fees and advertising fees (see below for more details).  

Our fees for Medium and High Complexity Applications

A medium complexity application is one which:

  • involves a mainly residential area; and/or
  • the licensable activities of late-night refreshment or regulated entertainment.  

Our fees for medium-complexity applications are normally between £720 and £960 plus VAT plus fees we pay to third parties on your behalf such as application fees and advertising fees (see below for more details). This is based on 2 to 4 hours at an hourly rate of £240 + VAT.  

A high complexity application is one which:

  • involves a cumulative impact policy; and/or
  • a large-scale public event; and/or
  • an application which involves premises with a non-domestic rateable value in excess of £87,000.  

Our fees for high-complexity applications are normally between £1,200 and £1,680 plus VAT plus fees we pay to third parties on your behalf such as application fees and advertising fees (see below for more details). This is based on 5 to 7 hours at an hourly rate of £240 + VAT.  

What do our fees include and what is not included?  

In all cases of applications for a premises licence under Section 17 of the Licensing Act 2003 or variation of an existing premises licences under Section 34 of the Licensing Act 2003, our fees include:  

  • Taking your instructions and advising you as to how you can promote the licensing objectives within your application; 
  • Advising you as the type of plans you are required to submit with your application;
  • Completing the application form for a new premises licence or application to vary an existing premises licence (including the operating schedule) in accordance with your instructions and submitting this to the local licensing authority alongside suitable plans. You must provide suitable plans;
  • Providing guidance on the fee levels payable to the licensing authority;
  • Preparing copies of the premises licence application for disclosure to the responsible authorities and serving copies of the application on the responsible authorities;
  • Drafting the notices advertising the premises licence application and submitting the notice to the local newspaper;
  • Arranging with you for you to display the notice(s) advertising the premises licence application and advising as to where and how this should be done by you in order to comply with the requirements of the Licensing Act 2003;
  • Providing a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) consent form for signature by a personal licence holder proposed by yourself;
  • Checking the licence once granted and correcting any errors with the licensing authority.

Our fees do not include:

  • Obtaining suitable plans;
  • Attending pre-consultation meetings with the Licensing Authority or Responsible Authorities, nor their fee for this meeting;
  • Dealing with or advising you in relation to queries or representations received from either the responsible authorities or other interested parties;
  • Representations (responding to formal written objections) received, and attendance and representation at a licensing sub-committee.  If this work is required, we will provide a separate fee estimate for this which will be charged at an hourly rate.

Fees to be paid to third parties

We can help ensure a smoother process by paying these fees on your behalf but you will need to first let us have the funds to pay them:  

  • Application fee (payable to licensing authority)  

    This fee varies depending on the individual premises and where they are located. The likely fees charged are set out below as a guide but can on occasion be higher than the ranges given. We will give you an accurate figure for each item as soon as we are able to do so.

    Application fees are calculated on the non-domestic rateable value of the premises concerned and currently have a range of between £100 and £64,000. For example, small premises with a rateable value of £4,000 will fall into Band A and will have a fee of £100. Premises with a rateable value of £50,000 will fall into Band C and the fee will be £315. Premises with a rateable value of £100,000 will fall into Band D and have a fee of £450. However, if the premises are to be used exclusively or primarily for the supply and consumption of alcohol, Band D fees are doubled and will be £900 and Band E fees are trebled. And if the licence involves an area or structure with a capacity of 5,000 or more, the fees will be between £1,000 and £64,000. These fees quoted are accurate at the time of publication (November 2018).

  • Advertising fee

    Usually between £250 and £700 inclusive of VAT

    This varies from publication to publication and on the amount of content required for the specific application. We have quoted a general range as a guidance from our experience over the years.
     
  • Special delivery fee to serve the application £80.00  

How long will my application take?

Matters usually take between 1 and 2 weeks from receipt of full instructions from you until service of the application on all responsible authorities. This is on the basis of the application being relatively straightforward and you being able to provide all the necessary documents promptly. If your matter is more complex, for example if there is substantial opposition from interested parties or if there is a delay in receiving the documents we need, it may take longer.

Once the application has been served, there is a period of 28 clear days for representations (objections) and, if representations are made and agreement cannot be reached, the application will have to go before the licensing committee. It could therefore take between 1 month (if there are no representations and the licensing authority is efficient in issuing the licence) and an estimated 2 to 3 months before an application is either granted or rejected.

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Thank you. Your response is great, very straight to the point! Hopefully this will bring an end to the matter. I will certainly be recommending your services as I am very impressed with the prompt dealing of this matter.
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