Licensing – our approach to fees
In accordance with SRA Transparency Rules 2018, we have provided information below on our approach to fees and service for new licensing applications or varying existing licenses on business premises.
For information about other areas of work not covered by the SRA Transparency Rules 2018 please get in touch.
We will provide you with a dedicated and experienced legal advisor to help you through this process. We appreciate the circumstances and requirements for each matter are unique. The following is a guide only and we are happy to provide a more personalised quote for fees and timescales.
Our legal fees
We roughly divide applications for a new premises licence and applications to vary a premises licence into three grades of complexity; simple, medium and high. We will agree fixed fees with you at the outset, within the ranges set out below. The fee will depend on the complexity of the application.
We offer fixed fees of between £900 – £1,250 including VAT but excluding disbursements.
A simple application would include the following scope of work:
- New premises licence for licensable activities to include sale of alcohol, music and dancing, with standard conditions to meet the licensing objectives excluding any representations being made against the application; OR
- An application to vary a premises licence to change the designated premises supervisor; OR
- An application to transfer the premises licence.
Medium complexity application:
We offer fixed fees of between £1,250 – £3,000 including VAT but excluding disbursements.
A medium complexity application may include the following scope of work:
- An application for a new premises licence as for simple application, but to include additional or multiple licensable activities and to incorporate complex conditions to meet the licensing objectives. Also to include potential representations against the application for a new premises licence.
High complexity application:
We offer fixed fees of between £3,000 – £6,000 including VAT but excluding disbursements.
A high complexity application may include the following scope of work:
- New premises licence for licensable activities with conditions to meet the licensing objectives on a large scale and/or to include multiple licensable activities within designated areas of the premises;
- New premises licence for licensable activities with conditions to meet the licensing objectives for a licence within a residential or cumulative impact area;
- Any appeal relating to an existing premises licence, conditions or a new premises licence;
- New applications on a large scale that require specific or bespoke conditions to satisfy the licensing objectives, together with any pre-application liaison or negotiation with the local licensing authority.
Our quoted fees include the following work:
- Taking your instructions and advising you as to how you can promote the licensing objectives within your application;
- Advising you on 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;
- 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 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.
The fee does 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;
- 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.
Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the application fee. We will pay the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process. They include:
- Application fee (payable to licensing authority) dependant on the rateable value of the premises*
- Advertising fee dependant on current rates of advertising*
- Enquiry agent fees to display public notices dependent on local rates*
- Special delivery fee to serve the application- £5-10 depending on weight and size of application
- Printing additional copies of plans if necessary, subject to photocopying charges*
*These fees vary depending on the individual premises and where it is located. We will give you an accurate figure for each item as soon as we are able to do so.
How long will my application take?
Matters usually take 8-14 weeks from receipt of full instructions from you. This is based on 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 documentation or plans then the application may take significantly longer.
Information correct as of December 2018
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