Licensing Services

Austin & Carnley Solicitors only undertakes work in relation to licensing matters in connection with the sale of alcohol (for consumption on/off the premises). 

 

We do not generally advise in relation to the Personal Licence that is required by an individual involved in the sale of alcohol (whether directly or in a supervisory capacity). However, we will require a copy of the individual Personal Licence for the purposes of any application relating to a Premises Licence. 

 

We will:- 

 

  • Contact the relevant licensing authority to ascertain its procedures and requirements for the purposes of the Premises Licence. 

 

  • Complete the appropriate forms in connection with an application for either a new Premises Licence or to vary an existing Premises Licence. 

 

  • Where applicable, we will notify relevant third parties in connection with the Premises Licence application. 

 

  • Where applicable, we will contact the local press to place the relevant public notice within the requisite time periods. 

 

Our fees (exclusive of VAT at 20% and any third party payments): 

 

  • For the purposes of an application for a new Premises Licence, we would charge a fee between £1,000-£1,500 (exclusive of VAT) depending on the complexity of the matter and the fee-earner involved. 

 

  • For the purposes of an application to vary/transfer an existing Premises Licence, we would charge a fee between £500-£750 (exclusive of VAT), depending on the complexity of the matter and the fee-earner involved. 

 

  • For an application to change the Designated Premises Supervisor, our fee would be £300 (exclusive of VAT). 

 

Third Party Fees can include, but are not limited to Council / Licensing Authority Fees and Advertising / Public Notice Fees. 

 

How long will it take 

 

Following receipt of instructions, applications can take between 8-10 weeks to process with the Licensing Authority. 

 

This is on the basis that the application is relatively straightforward and you providing instructions, fees and documents promptly. Where the matter is complex (e.g. there is substantial opposition from interested parties) or there is a delay in you providing information and/or documents needed for the application, then it may take longer to conclude the matter.