Vary or transfer a premises licence

Pages in Vary or transfer a premises licence

  1. 1. Minor variation
  2. 2. You are here: Full variation
  3. 3. Transfer of a premise licence

2. Full variation

On this page you can make an amendment to your current premises licence. Variations are typically used to adjust your operating hours or make significant changes to the layout of the premises.

Some proposed change(s) may better fit the requirements of a minor variation. Please refer to the Guide on variations (GovUK) if you are unsure which type your proposed change falls under.

Important Information 

Before making your application using our online form please note the following below.

  • You will need to know your premise licence number.
  • You will need to know your premises non-domestic rateable value (GovUK), this will determine your application fee.
  • If you are trading as a Limited Company you will need your registered number.
  • Know the nature of the proposed variation e.g. activities and times.
  • Know the proposed days and hours the premise will be open to the public.
  • Know what additional steps will be taken to promote the licensing objectives as a result of the proposed variation (prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, prevention of public nuisance and protection of children from harm).
  • A suitably detailed plan of the premise may need to be provided via upload on the online form should amendments to the layout or structure of the building be proposed.
  • Please ensure you have a credit or debit card available to pay the prescribed fee.  
  • A copy of your application will be sent onto all responsible authorities e.g. Police, Trading Standards, Local Planning Authority etc by the Council.

Further in depth information and guidance can be found in the following sections also.  

Supporting Documentation

If changes are proposed to the layout or structure then a new premise plan will need to be uploaded in the online form on the 'Upload Files' page, otherwise no supporting documents are required.

Application to vary a premises licence 

Click on the green button below to begin your application. Please ensure you have familiarised yourself with the information on this page as it is designed to assist you with your application. There is no provision to save your application midway through please note. 

Apply to vary a premises licence

Once you have submitted your application you must advertise your application at the premises and in a local newspaper. Additional advertising information is provided further down this page. 

What happens next

There has to be a 28-day public consultation period for anyone to make a representation.

You have to:

  • put a notice on your premises within 24 hours for the consultation period explaining your application.
  • publish an advertisement notice within 10 days in the local press.

Interested parties and responsible authorities may contact us to make representations about the application. These are statements supporting or opposing the application, and inform the decision we make. The Council will send copies of your application to the responsible authorities. 

If we don't receive any valid representations within the 28-day consultation, we will grant the application.

If we do receive any valid representations, we will hold a hearing to make a decision. A licensing officer will contact you to tell you more about this should this occur.

Application advice and further information

The sections below provide further in depth guidance and advice on key information the Licensing Authority require from your variation. 

Operating schedule

The operating schedule explains how you propose to operate the business and promote the four licensing objectives. It includes:

  • What activities will take place;
  • The proposed hours;
  • The duration of the licence (if appropriate);
  • Who the designated premises supervisor is;
  • Whether alcohol will be sold, and if so whether it will be consumed on or off the premises; and
  • What steps you will take to promote the licensing objectives.

It should take into account the type, size, location and opening hours of the premises. You should be aware that what you write in your operating schedule will be used to produce conditions that will be attached to your licence. So, you should make sure that the steps you are suggesting are realistic and within your control. If a licence is granted with conditions attached requiring the implementation of such steps, the conditions will be enforceable in law and it will be a criminal offence to fail to comply with them.

Before completing your operating schedule we advise you consider reading our licensing policy, which gives clear guidance on our policies and expectations.

Plan of the premises

The plan must be clear and legible in all respects and drawn to a scale of 1:100 (unless agreed otherwise) and must show:

  • The boundary of the building, including any external and internal walls and, if different, the perimeter of the premises
  • Points of access to and egress i.e. doors
  • Location of escape routes from the premises
  • The area within the premises to be used for each licensable activity
  • Fixed structures including furniture and temporarily fixed objects, such as seating, which may affect escape routes
  • Location and height of any stage or raised area relative to the floor
  • Location of any steps, stairs, elevators or lifts
  • Location of all toilets
  • Location and type of any fire safety and other safety equipment
  • Location of a kitchen, if any, on the premises

You can use a legend/ key to explain the symbols used on the plan.

Advertise the application

You must advertise your application at the premises by displaying a notice(s) on blue paper where it can be easily seen from the outside of the premises during the 28-day consultation period.  A copy of the notice along with photographs showing its display location at the premises should be forwarded to us.

A notice must also be published in a local newspaper on at least one occasion during the period of ten working days starting on the day after the day on which the application was given. A copy of the newspaper advertisement should be forwarded to us.

Notifying responsible authorities

The Licensing Authority will provide a full copy of the application and all the accompanying documents to each of the responsible authorities (for example the Police and Fire Brigade).

Fees and charges

The fee is based on the non-domestic rateable value of the premises. 

You can find details of your non-domestic rateable value on the Valuation Office Agency website (GovUK).

If more than 5,000 people are allowed on the premises then an additional fee will be due, please contact licensing to discuss this further.

Further information on the fees relating to your non-domestic rateable value can be found on the  Licensing Fees and Charges Premise/Club Premises. If the wrong non-domestic rateable value is entered this could invalidate your application.

Pre-Application Advice Service

We offer a pre-application and application advice service to support your licensing application made under the Licensing Act 2003. The aim is to help you to mitigate any problems which may arise during the application process. However, our advice cannot prejudge the outcome of the licensing application, especially if representations are received and a hearing takes place before the Licensing Sub-Committee. For further details please consult our licensing contact us and application advice service page.