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Licencing Application Fees

New Premises Licence Application

Our fees are quoted to you as general estimates on the basis of the information you supply to us and also not having had sight of any legal documents or detailed understanding of the actual purchase transaction or location of the property. We therefore always request additional information and as much detail as you can supply us so that we can try and accurately estimate our legal fees which in most cases remain as quoted from the outset of the transaction. As a guideline, we have set out our legal fees on certain matters to assist clients budgeting for their case.

On complex applications, our fees will be charged on an hourly rate basis of £250 plus VAT and you will be advised of the estimate once we have had the opportunity to assess the application.  Our Licensing Team is supervised by solicitor/partner and Head of Licensing, Andy Ho.

Premises Application

Fixed fee of £1,850 (including VAT but excluding disbursements)

This fee is made up of:

  • Legal fees £1,500
  • VAT on legal fees £300


Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the application fee. We will pay the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

  • Application fee (payable to licensing authority) minimum £190
  • Drawing up plans of the premises £400-£600
  • Advertising fee £300
  • Enquiry agent fees to display public notices £100
  • Special delivery fee to serve the application £15
  • Printing additional copies of coloured plans if necessary £10

*These 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.

Fee includes:

  • Taking your instructions and advising you as to how you can promote the licensing objectives within your application
  • Advising you as the type of plans you are required to submit with your application.
  • Completing the application form for a new premises licence (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 licence application for disclosure to the responsible authorities and serving copies of the application on the responsible authorities.
  • Drafting the notices advertising the premises licence application and submitting the notice to the local newspaper.
  • Arranging with you for you to display the notice(s) advertising the premises licence 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 2003.
  • Providing a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) consent form for signature by a personal licence holder proposed by yourself.
  • Checking the licence once granted and correcting any errors with the licensing authority.

The fee does not include:

  • obtaining suitable plans
  • attending pre-consultation meetings with the Licensing Authority or Responsible Authorities, nor their fee for this meeting.
  • dealing with or advising you in relation to queries or representations received from either the responsible authorities or other interested parties
  • advising on varying the licence
  • attendance and representation at a licensing sub-committee hearing of the responsible authority. If representations are received and attendance and representation at a licensing sub-committee is required then we will provide a separate fee estimate for this work which will be charged at an hourly rate.

How long will my application take?

Matters usually take 4 to 8 weeks from receipt of full instructions and all documentation from you. This is on the basis of the application being relatively straightforward and you being able to provide all the necessary documents promptly. If your matter is more complex, for example, if there is substantial opposition from interested parties, or if there is a delay in receiving the documents we need, it may take longer.