A Minor Variation of a Premises Licence is an application that will not adversely impact any of the four licensing objectives.

The following are examples of when a minor variation might be made:

  1. Small changes to the structure or layout of the licensed premises
  2. Small adjustments to licensing hours (although one cannot use a minor variation to extend the hours for the sale of alcohol)
  3. Add certain licensable activities such as performance of plays or film exhibitions
  4. Remove or amend out-of-date or irrelevant conditions or add conditions

You cannot use the minor variation process for more substantial changes such as:

  1. Extending the period for which the licence has effect
  2. Substantially varying the structure or layout the premises to which the licence relates
  3. Adding the supply of alcohol as an activity authorised by the licence
  4. Authorise the supply of alcohol at any time between 11pm to 7am
  5. Increase the amount of time on any day in which alcohol may be sold by retail or supplied

In order to make more substantial variations to a Premises Licence such as those set out above, a full Variation application would be required.

What happens during the process of applying for a Minor Variation of a Premises Licence?

The licensing authority will initially consider the application and determine whether the Minor Variation could adversely impact on the licensing objectives. They will then go on to consult Responsible Authorities such as the police or environmental health authority who may have an interest in the application.

The application for a Minor Variation must be displayed at the premises on a white notice for a period of 10 working days (beginning on the working day after the minor variation application was submitted). Any person (such as local residents) may make representations to the licensing authority within this time period, and the licensing authority will consider any such representations so long as they are relevant.

Unlike a full variation, a Minor Variation application does not need to be advertised in a local newspaper.

The licensing authority must make a decision within 15 working days, beginning on the working day after the application was submitted to the licensing authority.

If the licensing authority rejects your application, they must provide reasons for the decision.

How we can help

Our talented licensing team has many years’ experience of submitting successful minor variation applications. We can advise you on, draft and then submit the application on your behalf. We are skilled negotiators who will engage with responsible authorities to promote your interests and obtain positive outcomes.

Recent cases

Minor variation of an existing Rugby Club licence to permit it to operate as a drive-in cinema by adding the performance of films to its Premises Licence.

What our clients say

Excellent. Very professional.

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.

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