Licensing applications for business premises

Commercial transactions and licensing applications can be complicated and time consuming. Stephen Rimmer LLP understand the importance of obtaining practical advice explaining technical issues as quickly and effectively as possible. Our team has experience in all areas of commercial transactions from the drafting of contracts for sale and purchase to dealing with guarantees, tailor made terms and conditions and loan agreements.

If you intend to sell alcohol or provide ‘licensable activities’ from a particular venue you will be required to make an application for a license.

Licensable activities include:

• selling alcohol
• serving hot food and drinks between 11pm and 5am

You’ll also need a licence if you provide the following types of entertainment:

• theatrical performance
• showing a film
• indoor sporting event
• boxing or wrestling (indoor or outdoor)
• live music
• recorded music
• dance
• facilities for making music
• dancing facilities

You still need a licence even if the activities are for charity.

We will charge a fixed fee of £540 including VAT for dealing with your application. This fee includes obtaining and providing the relevant forms, assisting with pre-application queries, preparing and receiving the Letter of Authority, collating documentation required for application and the preparation bundle. We will also review the application bundle and submit individual copies to the relevant authorities (this number will depend on where the premises is) and dealing with any post-application correspondence.

In addition to our fixed fee there will also be disbursements to pay such as the application fee payable to the local authority and a fee payable to an third party for drawing up the plans (if you do not have one).

Application Fees vary between local authorities, and will appear on the application form, but as guide these can be expected to be around

Application Fee £ Cost
Band A 0 – 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 125,001 and over £635


Annual Charge Cost
Band A £70
Band B £180
Band C £295
Band D £320
Band E £350


Where the number of people that the applicant allows on the premises at any one time or more; an additional fee will be charged

Numbers in attendance at any one time Additional Fee
5000 – 9999 £1,000
10000 – 14999 £2,000
15000 – 19999 £4,000
20000 – 29999 £8,000
30000 – 39999 £16,000
40000 – 49999 £24,000
50000 – 59999 £32,000
60000 – 69999 £40,000
70000 – 79999 £48,000
80000 – 89999 £56,000
90000 and over £64,000


In the first week after you have instructions we will obtain all the relevant accompanying documentation, address any queries raised and prepare the application.
A Display of Notice will be made at the premises in readiness for inspection by the local authority and a decision will be made by the local authority on expiry of the twenty-eight days following receipt of the application.

You can find details of who would be dealing with your matter at Stephen Rimmer LLP and their relevant hourly rates here.

If you would like more information on the likely costs involved talk to us on 01323 434420 or by email on