In accordance with SRA Transparency Guidance 2018, please find below our approach to fees and service in relation to Licensing Applications for Small Businesses.

What is this going to cost me?

Our charges
These legal fees relate to applications for a Premises Licence under Section 17 of the Licensing Act 2003 and variations of a Premises Licence under Section 34 of the Licensing Act 2003 to allow those premises to be used for one or more licensable activities other than a minor variation:

  • A simple application £1,250 to £1,750 (based on 5 to 7 hours at an hourly rate of £250) excluding VAT.
  • Medium complexity £2,000 to £3,750 (based on 8 to 15 hours at an hourly rate of £250) excluding VAT.
  • High complexity £4,000 to £6,250 (based on 16 to 25 hours at an hourly rate of £250) excluding VAT.

Factors that could make a case more complex:

  • A cumulative impact policy
  • Type and size of premises
  • Location of premises
  • Type and size of event
  • Objections received

Disbursements are expenses that are payable to third parties. We handle the payment of disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

The disbursements we usually anticipate are detailed below. This is not an exhaustive list and other disbursements may apply depending on the application process.

For the avoidance of doubt, disbursement payments are in addition to our charges for advice and are not included as part of the above fee.

  •  Application fee (payable to licensing authority): £100 to £1,905 *
  • Advertisement fee: £50 to £160 * plus VAT
  • Enquiry agent fees to display notices: £150 to £250 *
  • Special delivery fee to deliver the application: £52
  • Additional copies of plans if necessary: £10

(* These fees vary depending on the individual premises and where it is located. The 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.)

We may require payment on account to cover disbursements before those are incurred in which case we will give you reasonable notice when these funds are required.

What does our fee include?

  • Application for a Premises Licence under Section 17 of the Licensing Act 2003 or to vary a Premises Licence under Section 34 of the Licensing Act 2003 to allow those premises to be used for one or more licensable activities other than a minor variation

The fees set out above 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 and advising you in relation to queries or representations received from either the responsible authorities or other interested parties
  •  Attendance and representation at a licensing subcommittee hearing of the responsible authorities. If representations are received and attendance and representation at licensing subcommittee is required, then we will provide a separate fee estimate for this work which will be charged at an hourly rate or we may instruct Counsel in which case we will provide you with an estimate for Counsel’s fees which will depend upon the experience of the advocate.

What happens if I change my mind and don’t want to go through with the transaction anymore?

Should you wish to terminate the transaction at any time, you will be liable for any costs and disbursements incurred to date, and will be billed for them.

How long will it take?

Matters usually take 10 to 12 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 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.

What can I expect from this process?

The fees set out above cover all of the work in relation to the following key stages of an application:

  • Taking your instructions and advising you as to how you can promote the licensing objectives within your application
  • Advising you as to the type of plans you are required 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

Who is going to do this work for me and what is their experience?

The work will be carried out by one or more of our lawyers in the Litigation & Disputes Team.