Applications for a new premises licence are made online using a standard application form.
The form asks for:
- The premises details
- The applicant’s details
- When the licence is to start and how long you wish it to be valid for
- The type or types of licensable activity being applied for
- The days and times the licensable activity is to take place
- If applying to supply alcohol – the details of the Designated Premises Supervisor
- The hours the premises will open to the public
- The steps you intend to take to promote the four licensing objectives
An application is made to the local authority in which your premises is situated. The application form must be submitted along with the appropriate application fee and a scale plan of the premises being licenced.
Once the application has been successfully submitted, a consultation period of 28 days follows.
During the period of consultation, notices need to be placed at the premises and in a local newspaper.
If no representations are made during the consultation period, then the application will be grated as submitted.
Where representations are made but then later withdrawn – for example after negotiation on any conditions attached to the licence, or the timing of the licensable activity sought, then the amended application will be granted.
If representations are made and not withdrawn, then a hearing will take place at which the Licensing sub-committee of the local authority will determine the application.
How we can help
TV Edwards are experienced Licensing solicitors drawing on 90 years of working with licensed premises.
We have good local knowledge – particularly in London and enjoy good relationships with Licensing authorities and responsible authorities.
We’re skilled negotiators and wherever possible we try to agree applications before they are submitted so that they pass smoothly though the consultation process.
We know the law inside out, and can guide you through the process – helping you to choose the best strategy for success.
We understand the needs of businesses and give pragmatic and sensible advice to our clients to get their applications over the line and get their projects and events up and running as quickly as possible.
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What our clients say
“We applied for a premises licence using TV Edwards. The process was very straightforward: Julian explained the process, asked some questions and his staff basically did the rest. Everyone I dealt with was professional and pleasant. Should a need arise, I would definitely use them again.”
Samir El-Hibri, co-owner – Vanilla Bean Cafe
Our Licensing fees vary depending on the complexity of each case. Every case is different. Some applications will be very straightforward whist others might be extremely complex. Factors will include whether the licence sought is for a premises in a cumulative impact zone, whether the application deviates from local authority policies, whether local objections are anticipated and how novel or unusual the application is. Further information on our Licensing fees can be found here.
In addition to our fees, there will be fee payable to the local authority on application. The amount of the fee depends upon the rateable value of the property being licensed and ranges between £100 and £630.
For more detail on local authority application fees, click here.
To find the rateable value of your property, click here.
You will also need to pay to have a notice placed in the local newspaper. The costs vary between newspapers and is largely dependant on the size of the notice. We suggest you budget in the region of £300 for the notice.
In some cases there will be additional costs to incur but this will depend very much on the nature of your project. You might need to engage an architect to draft your plan, you might commission an expert to write a report to assist your application (for example an acoustic expert’s opinion on noise nuisance). We can advise you on these matters if necessary and put you in touch with third parties who can help you.