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Below we set out our typical costs, as a guide, for applying for a new premises licence under Section 17 of the Licensing Act 2003 or for a varied premises licence under Section 34 of the Licensing Act 2003.

Our costs generally fall within the range of £400.00 to £750.00 plus VAT. We will advise you of a precise quote once we have had initial discussions with you and that will be a fixed-fee quotation.

Included in our fee will be:

  • Taking instructions from you.
  • Advising you on the licensing objectives and how they can be met within your premises licence application or the application for variation of the premises licence.
  • Where required, we will advise you of the statutory plans regulations and how a plan should be prepared to support your application.
  • We will complete and submit the application following consultation with you.
  • We will arrange for service of the application on all the responsible authorities (if the application is not submitted via an online portal).
  • We will make arrangements for the advertisement of the premises in the newspaper.
  • We will deal with and advise on any representations received in connection with the application.
  • We will provide an advertisement for display on the premises together with instructions on how it should be displayed.
  • We will also advise you on the appointment of a designated premises supervisor and arrange for completion of the necessary form.
  • We will check the licence upon receipt for any clerical errors and arrange for its dispatch to you.

If there are representations against your application for a new premises licence or variation of the premises licence, then there will be a hearing. If required, our typical costs for dealing with the hearing will be in the region of £750.00 to £1,500.00 plus VAT plus travel costs. We will be able to advise you on the precise costs of representation at a hearing once the nature of the representations against your application are known.

In addition to professional fees associated with the application, you should bear in mind that there is also an application fee payable to the Council. This varies according to rateable value.

Rateable value Fee: new premises licence Fee: major variation
£0.00 to £4,300.00 £100.00 plus VAT £100.00 plus VAT
£4,301.00 to £33,000.00 £190.00 plus VAT £190.00 plus VAT
£33,001.00 to £87,000.00 £315.00 plus VAT £315.00 plus VAT
£87,001.00 to £125,000.00 £450.00 plus VAT £450.00 plus VAT
£125,001.00 and above £635.00 plus VAT £635.00 plus VAT

For larger-scale outdoor events, the fees are significantly different.

The cost of a newspaper advertisement can hugely vary, but a typical guide is somewhere in the region of £200.00 to £250.00 plus VAT.

Occasionally, an enquiry agent may be required to display a public notice and their fees would typically be around £100.00 plus VAT.

Please note that our fee does not include the preparation of a plan, although we can recommend an appropriate organisation familiar with the preparation of licensing plans. The typical cost would be around £400.00 to £600.00 plus VAT, but this greatly depends on the size of the premises.

You should also note that once we have a clearer understanding of what you are doing, we do reserve the right to charge a fee which falls outside the typical range quoted.

There are many other types of applications, for example, transfers of premises licences, variations of premises licence to specify a designated premises supervisor, temporary event notices and reviews. We can provide you with a quotation for dealing with these.


The biggest obstacle we find to submitting an application for a new premises licence or a varied premises licence, which alters the layout of the premises, is receipt of the plan. If we have a properly drawn plan then we can usually submit an application within two days of complete instructions. There then follows a statutory consultation period of 28 days and if there are representations that cannot be resolved, a hearing will be held before the Licensing Authority within 20 working days.

Factors that could make your application more expensive include:

  • The premises sit within a cumulative impact area.
  • Meetings are likely to be required with authorities/objectors.
  • It is anticipated there will be a large number of objections e.g. from responsible authorities or local residents.
  • There are likely to be difficulties in procuring a plan of the premises.
  • The premises are larger and more complex in their style of operation e.g. a big hotel or nightclub or festival.

The team

For details of members of the team who may work on your matter please view our people page. They are supervised by Andrew Cochrane.

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