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If you already have a premises licence and wish to modify its terms, such as altering the licensing hours, removing certain licence conditions, or expanding the licensed area by adding an extension to the licensing plan, it is necessary for you to apply for a variation of your premises licence.
For more significant changes, for example if you intend to extend the licensed area, increase the licensed hours, or establish an outdoor bar in the beer garden, you will need to apply for a major variation.
A major variation, like a new premises licence application, requires advertising in a local newspaper and on the site for a period of 28 days. If any objections are raised during the consultation period, a hearing will be conducted. In the absence of objections, the requested changes will be automatically approved.
To enhance the chances of a successful application, we recommend following the procedure outlined below prior to submitting your application:
When submitting the application, ensure that all fields are completed accurately and provide a clear description of the proposed changes through the variation. Additionally, in part M of the application form, there is an option to outline the steps that will be taken to promote the licensing objectives. Be sure to complete this section with as much detail as possible.
After submitting the application, remember to:
At this stage, it’s a waiting game. Responsible authorities and local residents have 28 days to submit objections. Unfortunately, there is not much that can be done during this period.
If no objections are received by the end of the consultation period, the application will be granted. If objections are raised, the application will be scheduled for a hearing before the licensing sub-committee, who will ultimately decide whether to grant, amend, or refuse the application.
If you have a scheduled hearing or require assistance with your licensing application, feel free to reach out to us. We are here to help.
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