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support when applying for a premises licence

Any person or business wishing to sell alcohol, provide regulated entertainment or late night snacks and drinks needs to have a premises licence.

The licence document should be specific to your requirements and those of your business.

Applying for a premises licence can be a lengthy and somewhat intimidating process. You have to think about many different things, such as the opening hours, consultation period and public notices at the same time and get them right to have a chance in receiving your license.

Although it is not obligatory to have solicitor support when applying for a premises license, a solicitor provides welcome support in getting the paperwork together, knows the pitfalls and has expertise in this area, which you will benefit from.

We offer advice and assistance with applications and advocacy in connection with the Licensing Act 2003 to include personal liquor licensing, premises and gaming licences.

Our experts in premises licences

Katie Basey is our licensing solicitor. She will advise on personal and premises licence applications whether in association with commercial property or not, and including the transfer of the required licence on acquisition of the business.

You can contact Katie by emailing

In the event of there being any difficulty with a licence on commercial premises, Bill Martin would advise you.

Our Professional Charges

These are Fixed fee for an application for a new premises licence (simple application)

Fixed fee of £1,140.00 (including VAT but excluding disbursements).

This fee is made up of:

  • Legal fees £950.00
  • VAT on legal fees £190.00



Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the application fee. We will pay the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process:

  • Application fee (payable to licensing authority) £100.00 - £635.00
  • Advertising fee £175.00 - £350.00
  • Special delivery fee to serve the application £20.00 - £50.00
  • Printing additional copies of plans if necessary £20.00 - £100.00

*These fees vary depending on the individual premises and where it is located. The fees can on occasion be higher than the ranges given above. We will give you an accurate figure for each item as soon as we are able to do so.


How long will my application take?

Matters usually take 6-12 weeks from receipt of full instructions from you. 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.

Fee includes:

  • Taking your instructions and advising you as to how you can promote the licensing objectives within your application;
  • Advising you as to 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 service copies of the application on the responsible authorities;
  • Drafting the notices advertising the premises license 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.

The fee does 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;
  • Advice on varying the licence;
  • 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 which will be charged at an hourly rate.
  • Application for a Personal licence, or any fees associated with this