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Licencing Applications in relation to Businesses

Licencing Applications in relation to Businesses

Applications for a premises license under Section 17 of the Licensing Act 2003 and Applications to vary a premises license under Section 34 of the Licensing Act 2003 are carried out by Chris Wiper, Dermot Winters and Patrick Saunders, all of whom are solicitors. Chris qualified in 1983 having joined the Firm in 1972. Dermot qualified in 2007 having joined the Firm in 2016 and Patrick qualified in 2016 having joined the Firm in 2012.

We do not offer fixed fees for Licensing Applications. Our charges are based on our hourly rate of £245 plus VAT with routine letters and telephone calls (less than 6 minutes) costing £24.50 plus VAT and letters or emails received at £10 each plus VAT. Time spent at Court is also charged at £245 plus VAT per hour. We shall be able to give you a more accurate costs estimate once we have seen you and know the type of Application you want to make. 

The costs will also depend on influencing factors such as whether the Application is simple, of medium complexity or high complexity. Factors affecting complexity may include whether there is a cumulative impact policy in place, the type and size of the premises or whether it is in a residential area. By way of example, high complexity would include large scale public events. However, as a general guide, simple Licencing Applications usually cost in the region of £400 plus VAT., those of medium complexity around £750 plus VAT and those of high complexity usually around £1,000 plus VAT.

In addition, there will be disbursements to pay. Disbursements are costs relating to your matter that are paid to third parties such as the Licensing Application Fee (this is based on the rateable value of the premises), advertising fees (allow around £200 plus VAT), enquiry agents fees (for example to display public notices (allow £150 plus VAT), special delivery fee to serve the Application (allow £30 to £50) and printing additional copies of plans if necessary (allow £30 to £50).

Advertising 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.

Key Stages in making an Application are likely to include:-

• 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 license (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 License Application for disclosure to the responsible authorities and serving 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 License 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 2000.

• Providing a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) consent form for signature by a personal license holder proposed by yourself.

• Checking the license once granted and correcting any errors with the licensing authority.

As to timescale, this very much depends on how busy the Courts are, but generally we expect your Application to be dealt with within around 4 to 6 weeks but it can take longer if the Application is more complex and involves, for example, substantial opposition from interested parties or if there is a delay in receiving the documents we need.

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