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What will my licensing work cost?

Range of costs dependent on complexity:


Minor Premises Licence Variation Up to £750 plus VAT
Major Premises Licence Variation application Up to £2500 plus VAT



Minor Premises Licence Variation £1500 plus VAT
Major Premises Licence Variation £3000 plus VAT


High Complexity

Contested Premises Licence variation application – for all work up to and including 1 hearing before a Licensing sub-committee £5000.00 to £10,000.00 plus VAT (up to the higher range of the estimate for event licensing).


There may also be additional costs or disbursements for high complexity work:

  • Appeal from a Licensing sub-committee to a Magistrates’ Court – £5000.00 plus VAT, plus disbursements, where applicable.
  • Appeal from a Magistrates’ Court to a Crown Court – £5000.00 plus VAT
  • Closure Order (various types) – £5,000.00 to £10,000.00 plus VAT
  • Appeal of Magistrates’ Court Closure Order to the Crown Court – £10,000.00 to £15,000.00 plus VAT
  • Advice and representation on s19 Closure Notice – £3000.00 to £6,000.00 plus VAT

This is not a binding quote and where an unforeseen complexity arises or where the way in which a client asks you to proceed means additional work, we will inform the client of this and provide revised costs information.

Factors affecting complexity may include:

  • Whether there is a cumulative impact policy in place,
  • The type and size of the premises, or
  • Whether it is in a residential area.
  • High complexity could include large scale public events


Basis for Cost Estimates

Estimated provided have been based on the the level of complexity along with the standard hourly rate of the appropriate member of our team.

Member of Staff Hourly Rate (exclusive of VAT)
Partner £210
Senior Associate £200
Associate £165
Newly Qualified Solicitor £145
HR Advisor £110
Trainee Solicitor £110
Paralegal £95



Fees 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.

The length of time matters take is case sensitive. 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.

Key Stages and Typical Time Scales

The time that it takes from taking your initial instructions to the final resolution of your matter depends largely on the stage at which your case is resolved.

The price displayed includes:

  • Taking your instructions
  • Advising them as to how they can promote the licensing objectives within their premises licence application
  • Advising on the type of plans required to accompany their application
  • Completing and submitting the application
  • Disclosing the application to the responsible authorities
  • Making arrangements for the necessary advertising of the application.

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