Our Costs

Licensing

Under SRA rules, we are required to publish information on the fees we charge for certain types of work. A summary of our costs for licensing can be found below.

Our Costs for Applications for a Premises Licence under s17 of the Licensing Act 2003

and applications to vary a Premises licence under s34 of the Licensing Act 2003

These costs apply where you wish to instruct us to either apply for a premises licence under s17 of the Licensing Act 2003 or where you wish to make an application to vary an existing premises licence under s34 of the Licensing Act 2003.

It is difficult to set a fixed fee for this type of work, as sometimes it can be relatively straightforward, and other times there are a lot of changes and the work is highly complex.  We have set out what we consider to be a normal range of our costs based on three types of case being a simple application, a medium complexity application and a high complexity application.

Simple Applications:

A simple application would involve a scenario where the premises had always been used for a use which requires licensing e.g. they have always been a pub, where the applicant sought perhaps a liquor licence and a licence to play recorded music, but nothing involving live performances or large gatherings.  It would involve relatively compact or single storey buildings, and not ones set on three floors with perhaps different licensing requirements per floor e.g. a stage or performance area.

Medium Complexity:

These might involve a new building that required a fresh premises licence, where the licensing sought involved 4-5 different licensing activities and/or where the licence was sought for more than one floor or level of Premises.  It may involve a Premises in a difficult licencing area e.g. residential.

High Complexity:

These normally involve premises which have either had problems with licensing in the past, or which perhaps do not meet the local authority’s licensing guidance in an easy or straightforward manner.  It would usually involve larger buildings with multiple floors and multiple licensing activities and large gatherings of adults and or children.  It would involve scenarios where perhaps the application may be contrary to police requirements or other similar local government authorities which would need special handling.  For example, it may require some form of expert report or meetings with the authorities.  For example if you were looking for licensed premises in a school or in a residential or rural area.  It would also apply to large scale public events, such as outdoor concerts and the like.

Our Range of Fees:

Simple Application:                                         Between £750 – £1,500 plus VAT based on between 2 and 6 hours work at £250 plus VAT per hour.

Medium Complexity:                                      Between £1,250-£3,500 plus VAT based on between 5 and 14 hours work as £250 plus VAT per hour.

High Complexity:                                             Between £3,500-£5,000 plus VAT based on between 14 and 20 hours at an hourly rate of £250 plus VAT.

 

Unless stated as a specific exclusion the price displayed would include:-

  • Taking your instructions and advising you as to how you can promote the licensing objectives within your application.
  • Advising on the type of plans required to accompany your application.
  • Completing and submitting your application for new premises licence (including the operating schedule) in accordance with your instructions and submitting to local licensing authority alongside suitable plans. (You must provide suitable plans).
  • Providing guidance on the fee levels payable to the licensing authority.
  • Making arrangements for the necessary advertising of the application.
  • Preparing copies of the premises licence application for disclosure to the responsible authority and serving copies of the application on the authority.
  • Drafting the notices advising the premises licence application and submitting the application to the local newspaper.
  • Arranging with you for you to display the notices 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 provided by yourself.
  • Checking the licence once granted and correcting any errors with the licensing authority.

The fees do 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 representations to the licensing sub-committee is required then we will provide a separate fee estimate for this work which will be charged at an hourly rate.

We have set out below an overview of the likely disbursements which would be over and above the costs set out above and would be payable on top.

The licensing application fee is based on the rateable value of the Premises – please see below in relation to disbursements:

 

Disbursements:

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, but will require these monies on account.

  • Application Fee (Payable to licensing authority) – between £100 to £1,905 depending on rateable value of property.
  • Advertising Fee is approximately £100.
  • Enquiry Agents Fee to display public notices are approximately £100 plus VAT and travel costs.

The fees above vary depending on the individual premises and where the premises are located.  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. Any additional postage or copying costs will be notified as and when necessary.

How long will my application take:

Matters usually take between 6-8 weeks from receipt of full instructions 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 complex, for example if there is a substantial opposition from interested parties, or if there is a delay in receiving the documents we need, it may take longer.  The other issue is that we are not responsible and cannot predict the time that it will take for the local authorities and the other authorities e.g. the police, to deal with matters and this will depend on their workloads.

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