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Licensing Applications for Business Premises – Pricing

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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 £840 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 (which will be requested from you) required for application and the preparation bundle.  You should note that as part of the application, you are likely to have to obtain a suitable plan of the premises, and you may also need to pay for other documents to support the application.

We will review the application bundle to ensure that replies and documentation required have been obtained and then submit individual copies to the relevant authorities (this number will depend on where the premises is).

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 plan(s) (if you do not have suitable plan(s) available already).

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

Following the application a display of Notice will need to be displayed 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.

Find out more about the hourly rates of those involved and the way we charge for our work by viewing our terms of business.

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