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Full Variation - Premises Licence

A licence can be varied for a number of reasons as per below, if the variation is going to have an effect on the Licensing objectives then you must apply for a full variation.

  • the structure of a building
  • licensable hours
  • licensable activities guidance - alcohol licensing will provide you a summary of the regulations.

Application fees

Please pay the correct fee with your application. This depends on the non-domestic rateable value of your business. Find and check your business rates valuation online at GOV.UK

Application fees for a premises licences are a one-off payment. If you are applying for a large venue licence with a capacity of over £5000 people please contact before applying.

Rateable ValueBandApplication Fee
No rateable value to £4,300A£100
£4,301 to £33,000B£190
£33,001 to £87,000C£315
£87,001 to £125,000D£450
£125,001 and aboveE£635


Document Checklist

Before submitting your application please ensure you have the relevant documents and they are ready to be uploaded during the next stage:

1. A Plan of the Premises (only applicable if the structure and layout is changing as part of the variation)

Your plans do not need to be professionally drawn. However please submit in the following format:

  • The plan should be drawn in a standard scale (unless agreed otherwise with your Licensing Officer). 1 millimetre should represent 100 millimetres
  • You can use symbols to show information
  • You don't need to show areas that aren't part of the premises you are licensing
  • You should describe areas you intend to provide for people to drink alcohol sold or supplied by you

The plan must show:

  • The building boundary (and the premises perimeter, if different). If relevant, show external and internal walls of the building 
  • Access and egress points, including any other escape routes
  • Fixed structures (including furniture) or similar that may impact on people using exit or escape routes
  • The location and height of any stages or raised areas (from the floor)
  • Where each licensable activity will take place (if more than one)
  • Steps, stairs, elevators or lifts
  • The location of public toilets
  • The location and type of fire safety and other safety equipment
  • The location of the kitchen (if applicable)

How to Apply

You may wish to refer to the  Variation Guidance Document (Word doc) [63KB] for this application.

Apply online for Full Variation Application

Alternatively you can download a paper application form to  Vary a Premises Licence (Word doc) [74KB] . If you are submitting a paper application, please send a copy of it and your plan to all  Responsible Authorities for Licensing (PDF) [100KB]  


Advertising your application

As part of the application process you must advertise in two ways:

  1. Place a public notice in a local advertised newspaper, on one occasion, within 10 working days of the application being submitted. The licence applicant must pay the cost of the advert.
  2. Display a statutory at your premises, it must be easily viewed from the outside. You can download a notice template which must be printed on blue paper. This must be displayed continuously for 28 days from the day after the application was submitted.

Public Notice Template - Variation of a Premises Licence (Word doc) [32KB]

Consultation Process

On the day after an application is received, a 28 day consultation period begins allowing comments or 'representations' to be made about the application by the responsible authorities and any local residents or 'interested parties'. During this time, the responsible authorities will work with you to ensure your proposals are in line with the four licensing objectives.

If no comments are received during this period, the application will be deemed granted after the last date for representations and your licence will be issued and sent to you.

If relevant representations are received within the 28 day consultation period, we will attempt to mediate between the parties to try and find a suitable solution. If the mediation is unsuccessful then a public hearing must be held to determine your application. You will be notified advising you when the hearing will be, who has made a representation and what the concerns are.

The public hearing will be held within 20 working days after the last date for representation. The hearing date may be extended if we consider it is in the public interest to do so.

When you make an application, the details of the application will be published on our website and the information on any licence granted will be included in a public register.


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