Licensing applications for business premises

Application for a new premises licence

We can provide advice and representation to businesses in relation to licensing applications for businesses premises including applications for new premises licence (section 17 of the Licensing Act 2003) and applications to vary an existing premises licence (section 34 of the Licensing Act 2003).

Our professional fees are based on the hourly rate of the fee earner(s) involved, with our hourly rates ranging from £150 (plus VAT) for a trainee or paralegal to £450 (plus VAT) for our senior partners and consultants.  We will always discuss fees with you at the outset of any matter and, once we have a clear understanding of issues to be dealt with, we will advise you of the fee earner(s) who will deal with your case and their hourly rate.  We will also provide you with an estimate of the total fees and expenses you are likely to incur.

For a straightforward application our average fees range between £1,050 – 1,750 (plus VAT and expenses).  This is based on a fee earner with an hourly rate of £350 spending between 3 and 5 hours on the matter.  For more complex matters we will provide an estimate of our professional fees and likely expenses prior to undertaking any work.


In addition to our professional fees we will invoice you in respect of the costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the application fee. We will pay the expenses on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

  • Application fee (payable to licensing authority) – £100*
  • Advertising fee – approximately –  £20 plus VAT
  • Enquiry agent fees to display public notices –  £150*
  • Special delivery fee to serve the application – approximately £5
  • Printing additional copies of plans if necessary – £ 20

* These fees vary depending on the individual premises and where it is located. 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.

Our professional fees include

  • 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 (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.

Our fees do 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.

How long will my application take?

Matters usually take 3 – 4 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.

Licensing team qualifications

Our property team handles business licensing applications and a summary of the fee earners involved and their respective qualifications is available by clicking on the relevant individual profile below.

Paul McKee

Jane McKee

Rommel Guevarra

Michael Brett

Mark Austin

Joshua Burgess