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Licensing

What we can help you with

  • Alcohol and entertainment licencing
  • New Premises Licences
  • Licence Variations
  • Advice for Personal Licence holders and Designated Premises Supervisors
  • Transfers
  • Licence Reviews
  • Club Premises Certificates

Why Thomson Hayton Winkley?

The sale of alcohol and provision of entertainment is governed by the Licensing Act 2003 and the licensing regime is operated by your local authority.  If you want to provide entertainment (such as music, dancing, cinema or sports) and/or sell or supply alcohol for consumption on or off your premises, you will need to obtain the appropriate licence or permission.  Failure to do so can lead to a very expensive fine!

Applying for a new Premises Licence involves preparation of the appropriate application and submission to the relevant authorities.  You must also advertise it.  Before the application can be submitted you will need to give careful consideration to how you will meet the “licensing objectives” and prepare an Operating Schedule and compliant plan. Our licensing laywers are experienced in making these applications and will advise you how best to approach the process.  A badly prepared application could lead to objections or representations being made, which could delay the process and prove more costly in the long run.

We are also happy to review your existing licence and assist with variations if necessary.

Answering your questions

How much do you charge for licensing work?

Our charges will be based on an hourly rate of between £213 and £223 per hour + VAT (as at 1st January 2021) depending on the lawyer dealing with the matter. We do not offer a fixed quote for this work, but an indication of the likely fees are set out below. These assume that there are no unforeseen complications.

Application for a New Premises Licence

  • with no representations – £800 to £1,000 + VAT
  • with resolved representations – £1,000 to £1,200 + VAT
  • with a Licensing Committee Hearing – £1,500 to £2,000 + VAT

Application for a Full Variation

  • with no representations – £600 to £800 + VAT
  • with resolved representations – £800 to £1,000 + VAT
  • with a Licensing Committee Hearing – £1,200 to £1,800 + VAT

Application for a Minor Variation

  • £200 to £400 + VAT

Application for a Personal Licence

  • Approximately £200 + VAT

Change of Designated Premises Supervisor

  • Approximately £200 + VAT

Transfer of Premises Licence

  • Approximately £200 + VAT

Fees payable to the Local Authority

In addition to our charges, you will be required to pay a fee of the Local Authority. These fees are set out here https://www.southlakeland.gov.uk/media/4719/guidance-in-respect-of-licensing-fee.pd

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