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Business Premises Licenses Fees

Scope of the services

We will seek to agree a fixed or capped fee with you for some or all of the work we carry out for you, based on what you need us to do and how we will go about delivering on that for you. Where we cannot fix or cap our fee we will let you know what the cost will be of taking agreed steps or achieving/reaching a particular point in the work we are carrying out for you. This will be based on our hourly rates and the time we anticipate spending on carrying out the work. We will keep you fully informed about what we are doing, how we are resourcing the work and if what we are doing changes, agree a revised fee with you.

The fee include the following scope:

  • 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 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 service copies of the application on the responsible authorities;
  • drafting the notices advertising the premises license 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 work related to the following:

  • 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;
  • advice 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 fees set out below apply to England & Wales only. Our cost to you for making applications for a new premises licence under Section 17 of the Licensing Act 2003 and will ordinarily be within the fee ranges set out below, depending upon the nature/circumstances surrounding the application:

  • Simple application: £350 – £1,250
  • Medium complexity: £750 – £1,750
  • High complexity: £1,000 – £3,000

Factors affecting complexity may include whether there is a cumulative impact policy in place, the type and size of the premises, the history of activity at/previous applications in relation to the premises, the approach of the local authority to which the application will be submitted, whether the premises is in a residential area or the application is related to a large scale public event. Application Fee (payable to Licensing Authority) Local Authority estimated fees for new applications for premises licences (based on rateable value) range:

  • Band A (less than £4,300): £100
  • Band B (£4,301 – £33,000): £190
  • Band C (£33,001 – £87,000): £315
  • Band D (£87,001 – £125,000): £450
  • Band E (£125,000 and above): £635

Advertising Fee

The application must be advertised in a local newspaper. The cost of the newspaper advert will vary depending on the size of the advert and the paper it is placed in. The advert costs are generally in the region of £200 to 450 plus VAT.

Other Fees

The following fees vary depending on the individual premises and where it is located. We will give you an accurate figure for each item as soon as we are able to do so:

  • Enquiry agent fees to display public notices
  • Special delivery fee to serve the application
  • Printing additional copies of plans if necessary


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.


Unless stated otherwise above, all prices are stated excluding VAT and VAT will be charged at the prevailing rate (currently 20% in the UK).


Matters usually take 5 to 10 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.

Complaints Procedure

Our Complaints Procedure can be located by client here.


We recommend that you contact us on 0333 772 7736 or at before relying on this information or taking any course of action (or omitting to take any action) that has or may have legal implications. If you rely on this information without obtaining legal advice you do so at your own risk.

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