Litigation

Licensing Applications Fees

We pride ourselves on being transparent on pricing. Our fees are competitive and we try to meet all our clients needs.

Our Fees

We try and offer prices to meet the various circumstances of our clients. Fees can vary depending on the size of the premise, area and type of events being handled at the property.

Depending on the complexity our fees are as follows:

ComplexityLegal Fee
Low£1,000 to £2,500 plus VAT
Medium£2,500 to £5,000 plus VAT
High£5,000 to £15,000 plus VAT

These are estimates and exclude disbursements.

Disbursements

Disbursements are third party costs that may be applicable to your matter, these are likely to include an application fee, advertising costs and agent fees. We collect disbursement fees so to make the process smoother. Typical costs include:

  • Application fee (payable to licensing authority)
  • Advertising fee
  • Enquiry agent fees to display public notices
  • Special delivery fee to serve the application
  • Printing additional copies of plans if necessary

These fees vary depending on the location and the type of premise. We assess your situation and provide an outline of what the costs are likely to be as soon as we are aware of the costs.

What does our fees include?

Our prices include the following advice and services:

  • Taking your instructions and providing advice on the how to focus the application to achieve licensing goals.
  • Advising you plans that are required to submit within your application.
  • Completing the application form for a new premise licence in accordance with your instructions including the operating schedule. Submitting the application to the local authority licensing team with any additional plans.
  • Outlining the licensing costs to the licensing authority.
  • Preparation of copies of application to disclose and serve on the responsible authorities.
  • Drafting the notices advertising the premises licence application and submitting the notice to the local newspaper.
  • Arranging display notice(s) advertising the premises licence application and advising as to where and how this should be done by you in order 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.

What is not included in our fees?

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
  • 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.

How long will my application take?

Relatively straightforward matters take between 6 and 14 weeks from instruction. This is dependent on you providing all relevant evidence and documentation in advance.

If the matter is more complex, with substantial opposition, or that you have not provided documents in a timely fashion then it may take longer. We keep you abreast of any delays.

What is VAT and when is it due?

VAT is chargeable if it meets the following criteria, it must:

  1. be a supply of goods or  services
  2. be a taxable
  3. take place in the UK
  4. be sold by a VAT registered person, and
  5. be made through business activity.

VAT is applicable at the standard rate, 20%, on our services should the criteria be met. If VAT is due on any disbursements we will inform you prior to agreeing the fee.