Pricing


Licensing Applications in Relation to Businesses

Our range of costs for applying for a new premises licence under Section 17 Licensing Act 2003, or for applying for a full variation of a premises licence under Section 34 Licensing Act 2003, are set out below.

Please note that no application is exactly the same. The work involved in each application can vary greatly depending on the licensed activities you seek, the hours that you seek them, the size and style of the premises you seek to licence and the location of that premises. For example, an application to permit a village shop to sell alcohol for consumption off the premises will be very different from an application for a late night, high capacity, music led bar in a city centre although the process for applying for the licence or variation of the licence will be the same.

We set out below the type of factors that may impact on the overall complexity and cost of an application.

Prior to commencing work for you we will take your full instructions on the application you wish to make and will always provide a costs estimate which takes into account the specific factors relating to your application.

Costs estimates can change during the course of the application process. This may be due to an unforeseen complexity arising or a change in instruction from you, or the need to instruct counsel or independent experts. Where the costs estimate changes we will provide a revised costs estimate as soon as possible after the changing factor has arisen and discuss those changes with you prior to proceeding with the application.

However, generally, the estimated costs given at the outset of an application will be in keeping with the final figure charged to you.

Our range of costs is split into the 3 stages of the application process. We set out below what is involved in each stage.

Stage 1 costs

Stage 1 of an application involves pre-application work and drafting and submitting the application documents. Stage 1 work will include the following:-

  • Taking your instructions
  • Advising on how best to promote the licensing objectives within the context of your application
  • Advising on the type of plans required to accompany your application
  • Providing a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) consent form for signature by a personal licence holder proposed by yourself
  • Carrying out pre-application consultation with the Licensing Authority or Responsible Bodies by way of correspondence
  • Attending one consultation meeting with the Licensing Authority and/or Responsible Bodies prior to submission of the application
  • Completing and submitting the application, including the operating schedule in accordance with your instructions and serving copies on the Responsible Bodies
  • Disclosing the application to the responsible authorities
  • Drafting the notice advertising the application and submitting the notice to a 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

Legal fees for carrying out this work ranges between £750 – £3000 net of VAT.

VAT on legal fees is applied at the current rate of 20%

Disbursements

  • Application fee. This is calculated on the non-domestic rateable value of the premises to which the licence will apply and ranges from £100 and £1905
  • Advertising fee. This varies depending on the publication in which it is published and the length of the advert. The fees generally range between £300 and £550 including VAT
  • Travel expenses to attend site visits, meetings with officers etc are charged at £0.45 per mile plus VAT. Similarly any parking fees incurred in attending such visits are charged as incurred

Stage 1 fee does not include:-

  • Obtaining suitable plans
  • Attending more than one consultation meeting with the Licensing Authority and/or Responsible Bodies, prior to submission of the application, nor any fee they may charge for those meetings

Stage 2 costs

Stage 2 of an application involves work carried out during the 28 day consultation period following submission of the application.  Stage 2 work will include the following:-

  • Dealing with or advising you in relation to any queries or representations received from either the responsible authorities or any other interested party
  • Advising on varying the application
  • Varying or amending the application documents to meet any queries or representations received
  • Checking the licence once granted and correcting any errors with the Licensing Authority

Legal fees for carrying out this work ranges between £100 – £1000 net of VAT.

VAT on legal fees is applied at the current rate of 20%

Stage 2 does not include:-

  • Attending any consultation meetings with the Licensing Authority and/or Responsible Bodies during the consultation period, nor any fee they may charge for those meetings or disbursements incurred in attending those meetings
  • Drafting any additional documents to support the application

Stage 3 costs

Stage 3 of an application involves all work carried out following the end of the consultation period up to the grant of the licence or a decision being given by the Licensing Sub-Committee. Stage 3 work will include the following:-

  • Continuing to deal with or advising you in relation to any queries or representations received from either the responsible authorities or any other interested party
  • Advising on varying the application in response to any ongoing queries or representations.
  • Varying or amending the application documents to meet any queries or representations received
  • Advising on and preparing documentation to be submitted as evidence in support of your application
  • Attendance and representation at a Licensing Sub-Committee hearing
  • Checking the licence once granted and correcting any errors with the Licensing Authority

Legal fees for carrying out this work ranges between £1500 – £5000 net of VAT.

VAT on legal fees is applied at the current rate of 20%

Disbursements

  • Travel expenses to attend the hearing are charged at £0.45 per mile plus VAT. Similarly any parking fees incurred in attending such visits are charged as incurred
  • Taxi fares or train fares may be incurred if more appropriate

Stage 3 does not include:-

  • Drafting any additional documents to support the application
  • Attending a hearing that will take more than one day

These costs are based on our hourly rates which are as follows:

  • Partner rate of £250-£350

VAT will be added to all of the costs set out above. The current rate of VAT is 20% but this may vary.

Factors affecting fee range

Where an application falls within the range of costs given may be dependent on a number of factors including but not restricted to the following:-

  • The type of licensed activities you seek
  • the hours during which you seek to provide licensed activities.
  • the size of the premises
  • the style of the premises
  • the location of the premises
  • whether the premises lie within a Cumulative Impact Policy area.
  • The number of representations received.
  • Whether the Licensing Authority or Responsible Bodies have made representations
  • The urgency of the application

Who will Handle my Case?

Sarah Smith and her team have over 25 years’ experience licensing law. Sarah is a partner and specialises in licensing venues which provide alcohol, entertainment and late night refreshment, as well as gaming and sexual entertainment venues.  She has extensive knowledge of the law and deals with a large number of the major licensing applications in the region.

She is a designated licensing lawyer having built up a strong reputation in her field and is highly recommended.  Her experience, depth of knowledge and reputation both locally and nationally have assured her a place as a leading individual for well over a decade.

How long will my application take?

If no objections are received to the application it will be automatically be granted at the end of the consultation period. On that basis the whole process would normally take between 5 -6 weeks from receipt of full instructions from you.

If your application receives objections, and has to be decided at a hearing before the Licensing Sub-Committee of the Local Authority, the application will normally take between 8 – 16 weeks from receipt of full instructions from you.