Where the Premises Licence Holder wishes to amend the licence, an application under the Licensing Act 2003 can be made.
The areas in which a licence can be varied are:
- Varying the hours during which a licensable activity is permitted
- Adding or removing licensable activities
- Adding or removing conditions
- Altering any aspect of the layout of the premises which is shown on the plan
How to apply
To apply to vary the Premises Licence, you will need to complete the application form available on the right-hand side of this page. Once completed, this form must be submitted to the Licensing Department and copies sent to all the Responsible Authorities (failure to do this will invalidate your application). Postal addresses for Responsible Authorities are available on the right-hand side of this page. If you submit your application via the online GOV.UK portal, the licensing authority will notify Responsible Authorities of the application on your behalf.
The application must be accompanied by the Premises Licence and Summary, or, if that is not practicable, a statement of the reasons for the failure to provide the licence. A fee must also be paid, which is based on the non-domestic rateable value of the premises. See our Fees page.
The day after the application has been received in the Council offices, a notice (printed on pale blue paper) must be clearly displayed on the premises for a minimum of 28 days. A template for the notice can be found on the right-hand side of this page. In the case of a premises covering an area of more than 50 metres square, a further notice must be displayed every fifty metres along the external perimeter of the premises abutting any highway.
An advertisement must also be placed in the local newspaper, or if there is none, in a local newsletter, circular or similar document, circulating in the vicinity of the premises, on at least one occasion during the period of ten working days, starting on the day after the application is received in the Council offices. A template for the advert can be found on the right-hand-side of this page.
The above must be completed for the application to be valid.
During the 28 day consultation period, a Responsible Authority or any other person may submit a representation to the Licensing Department for or against the application.
If, after the 28 days, the application receives no representations, the licence will be amended and forwarded to the relevant correspondant as stated on the application.
If a relevant representation is made, a hearing will be held within 20 working days to consider the representation, unless the authority, the applicant and each person who has made the representation agrees that a hearing is unnecessary.
Disapply Mandatory DPS
A community premises only may make an application to remove the mandatory conditions (Sections 19(2) and 19(3) of the Act) to allow the management committee (who must be the Premises Licence Holder) to be responsible for the supervision and authorisation of all alcohol sales.
Where the management committee of a community premises is applying for the sale of alcohol for the first time, it should submit the online application form in addition to the new premises licence application, or the premises licence variation application. No extra payment is required beyond the existing fee for a new application or variation.
Where a community premises already has a premises licence to sell alcohol, but wishes to disapply the DPS, it should submit the form on its own, together with the required fee of £23.