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Variation of a premises licence

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1. How to apply for the variation of a premises licence

If you want to make major changes to your premises licence, then you will need to apply for a full variation.

If the changes could impact on the licensing objectives then you must apply for a full variation.

The licensing objectives are:

  • the prevention of crime and disorder
  • public safety
  • the prevention of public nuisance
  • the protection of children from harm

You will need to apply for a full variation if, for example:

  • you would like to extend the opening hours of the premises
  • you would like to make major changes to the layout of the premises
  • you would like to add the sale by retail of alcohol to your licence
  • authorise the sale of alcohol between the hours of 11pm and 7am
  • increase the number of hours that alcohol may be sold

However, if the changes you would like to make are small, then you can apply for a Minor Variation.

The fee payable will be based on the Rateable Value of your premises.

Please do not display your blue public notice or advertise in a newspaper until you receive confirmation from the Licensing Team that your application has been accepted

Start the journey


More info about the journey

  • a credit/debit card
  • submit an application form and serve a copy on the responsible authorities (if served by email or post)
  • submit a plan of the premises if you are changing the layout
  • display a Public Notice outside the premises for 28 days (from the day after the application is submitted) on pale blue paper. Send a copy of the notice to us.
  • place advert in local paper within ten days of submission of application. Send a copy of the page to us showing it has been advertised.


When this content has been updated

Last updated 18 June 2024