Thank you for looking at our Licensing Law services. The UK law is constantly changing, making the entertainment and leisure industry a challenging environment for both existing and new enterprises. It is essential to obtain professional legal advice whether you are looking to make an application for a premises licence under Section 17 of the Licensing Act 2003 or applications to vary a licence under Section 34 of the Licensing Act 2003.
We have an experienced team with a detailed understanding of all UK licensing laws, who can provide you with pragmatic and commercial licensing advice to maximise the effectiveness and profitability of your business. Whether you require a permanent, temporary or variation licence, we will discuss all the options available to you.
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Pricing - Application for a Premises Licence
In most straightforward cases we can work to a fixed fee for the work required to prepare and submit an application for a new Premises Licence. We can usually also work to a fixed fee if your application goes to a Licensing Sub-Committee hearing and you require representation at that hearing.
Fixed Fee – Preparation and Submission of an Application
Disbursement (see below)
This fee includes:
·Taking your instructions
·Visiting the premises in question
·Advising on the application
·Liaison with responsible authorities
·Completing the application
·Submitting the application
Fixed Fee –Representation at a Licensing Sub Committee
This fee includes:
·Considering the papers
·Attending the hearing
·Representation at the hearing
·Advising on appeal (if appropriate)
·Confirming the outcome of the hearing in writing.
Additional charges will be made for travelling expenses if the sub-committee hearing is outside of greater London.
The prices quoted above are based on straightforward cases. There may be factors which would typically increase the cost of these fees. Where there is likely to be any additional cost, we will make sure you are informed of this at the earliest opportunity and a clear estimate of those costs will be provided.
Factors that might increase the fixed fee quoted include:
- The size of the premises
- Whether or not the premises is situated in a Cumulative Impact Zone
- The volume of any objections to the application
- Whether attendance at local meetings is required
- Whether multiple applications are being made – for example, regulated entertainment and the sale or supply of alcohol.
- The amount and extent of consultation required with responsible authorities.
The fixed fee will usually be adjusted to take into account the additional work required once we have had an opportunity to discuss the case with you. The adjustment will be based on the amount of additional time we think will be incurred and the hourly charge out rate of the fee-earner working on your case.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as application fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.
Application fee* (payable to licensing authority)
Advertising fee (to be agreed by you)
Grand Estimate Total
*The Premises Licence Fees are payable to the local authority and vary depending on the non-domestic rateable value of the premises.
To find out a premises non domestic rateable value go to the Valuation Office Agency site at
Band A - No RV to £4,300 = £100.00
Band B - £4,301 to £33,000 = £190.00
Band C - £33,001 to £87000 = 315.00
Band D - £87001 to £12500 = £450.00*
Band E - £125001 and over = 635.00*
If the premises rateable value is in Bands D or E and the premises is primarily used for the consumption of alcohol on the premises then you are required to pay a higher fee
Band D - £7001 to £12500 = £900.00
Band E - £125001 and over £1,905.00
There is an exemption from the payment of fees in relation to the provision of regulated entertainment at church halls, chapel halls or premises of a similar nature, village halls, parish or community halls, or other premises of a similar nature. The costs associated with these licences will be met by central Government. If, however, the licence also authorises the use of the premises for the supply of alcohol or the provision of late night refreshment, a fee will be required.
Schools and sixth form colleges are exempt from the fees associated with the authorisation of regulated entertainment only where the entertainment is provided by and at the school or college and for the purposes of the school or college.
A typical application can take between 1 – 3 weeks to prepare, on receipt of full instructions from you. This is on the basis that the application is relatively straightforward and that we have been provided with all the documents required in a timely manner. Where an application is more complex, as detailed above, or there is substantial opposition from other parties, it may take longer to prepare. We will discuss any changes to timescales with you as appropriate, so you always have a realistic idea of how long your licensing application should take.
With every transaction there are key milestones; our fee will include these milestones and may be as follows:
- Taking your instructions and advising you as to how you can promote the licensing objectives within your application
- Advising you on the type of plans you are required to submit with your application.
- Completing the application form for a new 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 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.