Variations on Licence

Make changing any aspect of your licence or club certificate a pain-free process with assistance from Lupton Fawcett’s team of Variation of Premises Licence Solicitors.

If you wish to change any aspect of your licence or club certificate once it has been granted you need to apply to your Local Authority for a full or minor variation.

Knowing which one to apply for can be difficult, and applying for the wrong one will lead to your application being rejected, costing you more time and additional fees. Our experienced licensing solicitors can identify which route you need to take from the start, saving you time and money.

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What is a Variation of Premises Licence?

A Premises Licence covers all licensable activities carried out at your venue. Licensable activities include:

  • Selling alcohol
  • Serving hot food and drink between 11pm and 5am
  • Providing public entertainment.

From time-to-time, changes on your circumstances may require a change in your license. In these cases, a Variation of Premises Licence must be applied for.

Premises Variation Licences fall under two categories: minor variations and major variations.

Minor variations include changes which do not affect the licensing objectives of the premises, such as a change of Designated Premises Supervisor or minor changes to the layout our structure of the premises. Major variations are changes which promise to have a greater impact on the licence, such as changing the hours alcohol is served or making major changes to the licensed areas of the premises.

How to apply for a Variation of Premises Licence

The process of applying for a Variation of Premises Licence begins by filling out a lengthy form which is sent to your local authority. Within this form you will be expected to include:

  • An explanation of the variation
  • A detailed plan of any proposed layout changes
  • Details of any further steps you’ll take to promote the four licensing objectives

When submitting your application, you will be charged a fee based on the rateable value of the premises. Should your initial application be rejected, you will be required to pay this fee again upon your resubmission, making knowing which Licence to apply for and filling in the forms correctly of paramount importance.

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We have experienced Alcohol Licensing Lawyers ready to answer your enquiries via email or telephone today.

Lupton Fawcett are a leading personal and commercial law firm in Yorkshire with well-established offices of highly experienced solicitors in LeedsSheffield and York.

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Our specialist Variation of Alcohol License Lawyers act regularly for clients in Bradford, Birmingham, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Sheffield, York and Nottingham.

We can support your needs wherever you live in England and Wales.

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