Licensing Laws and Applications

Whether you are a pub, bar, club, hotel, restaurant, night club, betting office, or gaming establishment, you’ll be well aware of the changes in licensing laws over recent years.

Let us help you through the Red Tape!

  • Do you need a personal licence for yourself or your staff?

  • Do you need help in applying for or varying a personal licence?

  • Do you have the right licences for your business?

  • Do you need to appoint or change the Designated Premises Supervisor?

  • Do you have a dispute with an interested party or responsible authority?

  • Do you need representation at Hearings?

We can provide advice on:

  • Personal licence applications.

  • Premises licence applications and variations.

  • Appointment of and change of Designated Premises Supervisors.

  • Licensing Hearings.

  • Club Licensing.


We can assist you with obtaining a licence to sell alcohol or provide ‘licensable activities’ from a particular venue.

The costs will range depending on the license required and who are generally required to be notified.

For an application for a business premises licence, we would usually expect this to take around 4-8 hours of our time. At an hourly rate of £200 plus vat, this would likely cost between £960 and £1920 plus disbursements. Please note that this is for an uncontested application. If your application is contested or refused it may cost more.

The Fees Include

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.

Preparing copies of the premises licence application for disclosure to the responsible authorities and service copies of the application on the responsible authorities.

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 guidance on the fee levels payable to the licensing authority.

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.

Drafting the notices advertising the premises license application and submitting the notice to the local newspaper.

The Fees Do Not Include

Obtaining suitable plans.

Advice on varying the licence.

Preparation and for 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 are required then we will provide a separate fee estimate for this work which will be charged at an hourly rate.

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.


Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the application fee.

  • Application fee (payable to licensing authority) £100 to £1905. This fee varies depending on the individual premises and where it is located.

  • Special delivery fee to serve the application estimated £5 per document.

  • Printing additional copies of plans if necessary estimated £5 per copy.

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.

There are other fees such as;

  • newspaper advertising fee

  • enquiry agent fees to display public notices

Each of these will vary dependant on the location of the notices and advertisements.

How long will my application take?

Matters usually take 2-4 months from receipt of full instructions from you. This is based on 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.


Glen McClenaghan, Chartered Legal Executive, charge out rate £215 plus vat, qualified as a fellow in 2002.

Chris Park, Solicitor, charge out rate £215 plus vat, admitted as a solicitor 1981.

About Lovedays

Lovedays Solicitors, Potter and Co Solicitors and Andrew Macbeth Cash and Co Solicitors are the trading names of Derbyshire Legal Services Limited which is a company registered in England and Wales under company number 08838592. Registered office Sherwood House, 1 Snitterton Road, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3LZ.

Authorised and Regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under SRA ID number 637916.

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