Premises licence variation

 You must apply for a variation of a premises licence, if you want to make changes to licensing hours, licensable activities, conditions or the structure / layout of the premises.

There is a separate process to change the person named as the Designated Premises Supervisor ( DPS ) or to transfer a premises licence to another person

Before you start

If the changes you want to make are minor and could not adversely impact the licensing objectives, you may be able to use the simplified minor variation application process instead.

A variation cannot be used to substantially change the premises to which the licence relates or to extend the period of a time-limited licence. These require new licence applications.

How much does it cost?

Fees are based on the rateable value of the premises to which the licence relates. If the premises doesn't have a rateable value, it will fall into the lowest fee band. Visit GOV.UK for more information on fee levels.

How to apply

You will need to:

  • log into your MyAccount (or create an account if you don't already have one) to complete the form. MyAccount is an easier and quicker way to interact with us and is available 24/7
  • complete the application form
  • pay the appropriate fee
  • If you are applying to add the sale of alcohol to a premises licence, you will also need the consent of the person to be name as Designated Supervisor ( DPS). Consent to be Designated Premise Supervisor.

Apply to vary a premises licence

Advertising your application

You will need to:

  • Wait for the Licensing team to contact you and confirm that the application is complete and ready for consultation and advertising
  • Send a copy of your application to the police and other responsible authorities. If you send your application electronically, we will do this for you.
  • Display a notice of application on light blue paper at the premises Blue Advert Club Premises Certificate Variation
  • Put a notice in a local newspaper within 10 days of making your application. This gives local residents and businesses 28 days to read your proposal and make representations if they wish.

What happens next?

If there are no representations at the end of the 28 day consultation period, we will issue the licence. We aim to process your licence within 5 working days.

If there are representations, the licensing sub-committee will hold a hearing which all parties will be invited to attend. At the hearing, the committee will decide either to grant or reject your application. They may add conditions to the licence.

We will write to you to confirm the decision, including details of how to appeal if you disagree