Advice on licensing applications for business premises is provided by Practising Consultant, Sue Scott.
Sue has been working for many years in the licensed premises sector, both before and after the introduction of the 2003 Licensing Act, and has dealt with numerous applications in the course of the acquisition of pubs, restaurants and other drinking establishments. She was for many years one of the recommended solicitors for the members of the British Institute of Innkeeping.
Key stages in the licence application process include:
- Meeting you, and ideally seeing the premises, to take instructions
- Putting together a draft application
- Submitting the application to the licensing authority as a draft. It is then forwarded to the various departments
of a formal application once the various statutory bodies have agreed
it and then waiting for the licence to be issued
- A notice of the
application must be advertised on the outside of the premises, for at
least 28 days, and an advertisement placed in the local newspaper. This
is usually done as soon as the application is formally submitted
licensing application process takes a minimum of one month, but on
average will be complete within two months, assuming it is
straightforward. Where there are objections to the licensing application
or other complications, the process can be much longer.
Licensing applications are provided on a fixed fee basis as follows:
New premises licence or club premises certificate
£2,000 - £2,500 plus VAT
Full variation of the licence such as change of hours, extension of licensable activities, change of licensed area
Minor variation such as removal or alteration of licence such as removal or alteration of one or more conditions
Change of DPS
£650 plus VAT
Included in the fees above for a new premises licence or variation of licence are:
- premises visit; and
with you and putting in a draft application to the police and/or Local
Authority to get their views prior to submitting a full application.
Exclusions and Additional Costs
from the fees above are any costs incurred for dealing with any
objections which would be based on Sue Scott’s hourly rate.
Should attendance at a hearing of the licensing authority be
required, a barrister would be instructed – we would always agree their
fees with you in advance.
Other costs would include (estimated):
|Fee + VAT|
|Mandatory local paper advertising|
|Surveyor's cost for drawing up plans for the licensed area. The price will be dependent on the premises but an estimate is:||£1,000-£1,500|
|Licensing Application Fee||£100-£1,905|