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Licensing applications

Licensing laws are constantly changing and navigating your way through them can be a nightmare.

You need someone to guide you through the minefield, not just pointing out the obstacles but helping you to get around them

We have a detailed understanding of all UK licensing laws and can provide you with commercial licensing advice to maximise the effectiveness and profitability of your business. Whether you require a permanent, temporary or variation licence, we will discuss all the options available to you.

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We will always tell you our fees in advance – and will make no charge for a preliminary discussion. Typical charges , excluding expenses are detailed below and will be in the range of ;

  • Reviewing Current Licence and Advising – £500 plus VAT, i.e. £600
  • New Licence Application – £1700 plus VAT, i.e. £2040
  • Transfer of Licence – £400 plus VAT, i.e. £480
  • Variation of Licence to Specify New DPS – £425 to £525 plus VAT, i.e. £445 – £630
  • Minor Variation – £800 plus VAT, i.e. £960
  • Personal Licence Application – £450 plus VAT, i.e. £540
  • Application for TEN – £250 plus VAT, i.e. £300

We work with you to understand what you want to achieve and provide practical, cost-effective solutions


Expenses (or disbursements) are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as application fees to the local authority and the costs of advertising any applications and notices.

  • Application fee (payable to licensing authority) – £200
  • Advertising fee (to be agreed by you) – up to £700 plus VAT, i.e. £840

Our fees are fixed and include items detailed above, however there may be factors which would typically increase the cost of the fees estimated above. Where there is likely to be any additional cost, we will make sure you are informed of this at the earliest opportunity and a clear estimate of those extra costs will be provided.

Factors that may lead to an increase in cost include:

  • Obtaining suitable plans
  • Attending pre-consultation meetings with the Licensing Authority or Responsible Authorities and their fee for such a 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.

A typical application will take between 8-12 weeks, from receipt of full instructions from you.

This is on the basis that the application is relatively straightforward and that we have been provided with all the documents required in a timely manner. Where an application is more complex, as detailed above, or there is substantial opposition from other parties, it may take longer. We will discuss any changes to timescales with you as appropriate, so you always have a realistic idea of how long your licensing application should take.

With every transaction there are key milestones; our fee will include these milestones and may be as follows:

  • Taking your instructions and advising you as to how you can promote the licensing objectives within your application
  • Advising you on 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 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.

We are committed to providing a high quality legal service to all our clients. When something goes wrong, we need you to tell us about it. This will help us to improve our standards.

If you have a complaint about our delivery of licensing services our complaints policy will assist you with who to contact and enable you to understand the procedure that will be followed.

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    Simon Stell

    Simon Stell is LCF Law’s Managing partner. 

    Simon specialises in licensing law. He has over 25 years’ experience in guiding client’s through the ever changing landscape of the UK’s licensing laws.