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Licensing Application Pricing in Relation to Businesses

Thank you for looking at our Licensing Law services. The UK law is constantly changing, making the entertainment and leisure industry a challenging environment for both existing and new enterprises.


It is essential to obtain professional legal advice whether you are looking to make an application for a premises licence under Section 17 of the Licensing Act 2003 or applications to vary a licence under Section 34 of the Licensing Act 2003.

Why Us

We have an experienced team with a detailed understanding of all UK licensing laws, who can provide you with pragmatic and commercial licensing advice to maximise the effectiveness and profitability of your business. Whether you require a permanent, temporary or variation licence, we will discuss all the options available to you.

We are proud to hold Lexcel Accreditation, issued by the Law Society. This involves the firm undergoing a rigorous audit process which ensures we maintain the highest levels of client care.


The fees involved in licensing applications vary and it is not always possible to provide a fixed fee in this regard.  However, we can give you a range of fees, based on the complexity of your applications. The complexity of an application may vary depending on factors such as whether there is a cumulative impact policy in place, the type and size of the premises or whether the premises are in a residential area.

Pricing will range from between £950 and £1,250. Factors influencing the price will include:

  • Nature of the premises 
  • Location 
  • Whether a CIP/CIZ policy is in place 
  • Trading hours (in particular hours for sale of alcohol) requested 
  • Timely receipt of instructions 


Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as application fees. We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.


Anticipated Disbursements

Item Amount
Application fee (payable to licensing authority) £100 – £635 dependent on the rateable value of your premises
Advertising fee (to be agreed by you) £100 – £2,000 dependent on where your premises are located and charges invoiced by the local newspaper
Enquiry Agent fees to display public notices £350 plus VAT
Special delivery fee to serve the application Circa £80
  • These fees may be subject to variation upon further information on the individual premises and their location.


Our fees are fixed and include items detailed above, however there may be factors which would typically increase the cost of the fees estimated above. Where there is likely to be any additional cost, we will make sure you are informed of this at the earliest opportunity and a clear estimate of those extra costs will be provided.

Factors that may lead to an increase in cost include:

  • Obtaining suitable plans
  • Attending pre-consultation meetings with the Licensing Authority or Responsible Authorities and their fee for such a meeting.
  • Dealing with or advising you in relation to queries or representations received from either the responsible authorities or other interested parties
  • Advising on varying the licence
  • 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.

Time Scales

A typical application will take between 6-8 weeks, from receipt of full instructions from you. This is on the basis that the application is relatively straightforward and that we have been provided with all the documents required in a timely manner. Where an application is more complex, as detailed above, or there is substantial opposition from other parties, it may take longer. We will discuss any changes to timescales with you as appropriate, so you always have a realistic idea of how long your licensing application should take.

Key Milestones

With every transaction there are key milestones; our fee will include these milestones and may be as follows:

  • Taking your instructions 
  • Advising as to how you can promote the licensing objectives within their premises licence application 
  • Advising on the type of plans required to accompany their application 
  • Completing and submitting the application 
  • Disclosing the application to the responsible authorities 
  • Making arrangements for the necessary advertising of the application 
  • Checking the licence once granted and correcting any errors with the licensing authority 

To find out how we can help you or your business, get in touch.

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