Premises Licensing Costs Explained

Key Stages in the Application

Your application for a premises licence will usually take 4 to 8 weeks from receipt of full instructions from you. This is on the basis of the application being relatively straightforward and you are able to provide all the necessary documentation and information promptly. If your matters more 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. Following the submission of your premises licence there is a 28 day consultation period.

Once submitted, the local licensing authority usually ask for two months for the application to be processed and determined.

Our fee to prepare and submit your premises licence application includes:

  • Taking your instructions in advising you 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 to display the notice(s) advertising the premises licence application, and advising you 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 was granted and correcting any errors with the licensing authority

Explanation of Costs and Fees

Our Fees

Our fees are based on an hourly rate.  Each application is dealt with on a case-by-case basis and we will provide you with a fee estimate at the outset of your application.

It is our experience that a straightforward premises licence application involving no objections from any interested parties would cost in the region of £1500 (plus VAT of £300) to £2000 (plus VAT of £400).

Should an application become more complex our fees will increase accordingly depending upon the number of objections raised by any relevant interested parties.  Depending upon the number and issues raised our fees could amount to £5000 (plus VAT of £1000) for a case where issues are raised, for example the police, environmental health regarding noise issues, neighbours of the property or residents associations can raise concerns as to the application.

The fee does not include

  • Obtaining suitable plans
  • Advising on varying the licence
  • Attendance and representation at the licensing subcommittee hearing of the responsible authority. If representations are received, and attendance and representation of the licensing subcommittee is required, then we will provide a separate fee estimate for this work which will be charged at an hourly rate.


There will be expenses in submitting a premises licence application. Expenses are costs related to your matter that are payable to 3rd parties, such as the application fee. We will pay the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. We will ask that you supply these disbursements on account of costs at the outset of the application.

The application fee for a premises licence will depend upon the rateable value band of your premises. The initial application fee ranges between £100 and £635. The annual fee thereafter for your premises licence will range between £70 and £350, again depending upon the rateable value band of your premises:

The fee for advertising the application in the local press will be approximately £150.

Factors Which Make the Case More Complex

Such factors could include liaising with the relevant authorities in respect of premises licences, the use of listed buildings where building regulations or listing restrictions provide issues in relation to noise nuisance, liaising with the local police representatives in relation to any previous or current issues at the premises or surrounding areas in relation to crime and disorder, or the Fire Service in relation to any fire safety issues in the premises.

Speak to a Team Member

Call a member of our Licensing team on 01743 248545 to hear more about our services.