Responsibility for your matter

Roulla Georgiou will carry out the work relating to your matter.  She has over 25 years’ experience in delivering high quality work in all licensing matters associated with your business. She has particular expertise in applying for premises and personal licences, variations of licences, and dealing with opposed applications.

Applying for a premises licence or varying a premises licence

Our fees are charged on a time basis. We anticipate this will take between 4 and 10 hours work at £250 plus VAT per hour. The total costs are estimated at between £1,000 to £2,500 (plus VAT).

This estimate of total costs 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 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.

This estimate of total costs 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.

Factors that might increase the estimate of total costs include:

  • The licensable activities sought
  • The type and size of the premises
  • The location of the premises
  • If the premises are situated in a cumulative impact zone
  • If the premises are in a residential area
  • The number of any objections to the application
  • If attendance at local meetings is required
  • The amount and extent of consultation required with responsible authorities

Disbursements

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. Disbursements are in addition to our fee.

Disbursements payable include the following:

  • Application fee (payable to licensing authority) £100 to £635
  • Advertising fee £200 to £450
  • The application fee payable to the Licensing Authority varies according to the non-domestic rateable value of the premises.
  • The advertising fee varies depending on the individual premises and where they are located. The disbursements 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.

How long will my application take?

Matters usually take between 4 and 8 weeks from receipt of full instructions from you. This is on the basis of the application being 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.

When an unforeseen complexity arises or where the way in which you ask us to proceed means additional work, we will discuss the likely impact on the overall cost and timescale with you.