Licensing Pricing

 

The Goodman Derrick Licensing team have a substantial combined experience of advising on alcohol and entertainment licensing matters.

All members of the Licensing team have attained the Professional Licensing Practitioners Qualification, and are Members of the Institute of Licensing. 

They, and all matters conducted by the Licensing team, are supervised by James Daglish, partner and Head of Licensing, who is 14 years PQE, and who has substantial expertise in the field of liquor and entertainment licensing.

We are proud of our success rate on licensing applications, which in large part is linked to the careful preparatory work we undertake, and which is accordingly reflected in the fees we charge.

Complexity in all cases is affected by location, size, scale and the history of the premises.

Application for a new premises licence

Simple Application

Legal Fees - £950 - £1,250 plus VAT and Disbursements

A simple application would normally be one that was not in a cumulative impact zone, for a premises with a clean history with local enforcement agencies and interested parties, and for which the proposed hours are within the core hours of 10am to 11pm.

Medium Complexity

Legal Fees - £1,600 – 2,000 plus VAT and Disbursements

An application of medium complexity would normally be one where the premises have a history of minor issues with local enforcement agencies and/or interested parties, and/or for which the proposed hours are outside the core hours of 10am to 11pm

High Complexity

Legal Fees - £3,000 - £10,000 plus VAT and Disbursements

An application of high complexity would normally be one that is in a cumulative impact zone or which is controversial in some way or which is for a capacity above 500 (but below 5000) and/or for a premises with a history of serious issues with local enforcement agencies.

Any application for a licence where the capacity is above 5000 will need long and careful planning, so will always require a bespoke fee estimate.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the application fee.  We will normally require funds on account before paying these out.  They are likely to include:

  • Application fee (payable to licensing authority) £100 - £635
  • Advertising fee, typically £300 - £500
  • Enquiry Agents fees, typically £100 - £200
  • Experts’ fees
  • Courier fees
  • Travel, accommodation and parking fees

These amounts vary depending on the individual premises and where it is located. The fees can on occasion be higher than the ranges given above. We will give you an accurate figure for each item as soon as we are able to do so.

Our fee includes:

  • Taking your instructions over the phone or at our offices, and advising you as to how you can promote the licensing objectives within your application
  • Advising you as the type of plans you are required to submit with your application.
  • Completing the application form for a new premises licence (including the operating schedule) in accordance with your instructions and submitting this to the local licensing authority alongside suitable plans.  You must provide suitable plans.
  • Providing guidance on the fee levels payable to the licensing authority.
  • Preparing copies of the premises licence application for disclosure to the responsible authorities and serving copies of the application on the responsible authorities.
  • Providing a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) consent form for signature by a personal licence holder proposed by yourself.
  • Advising on timescales.
  • Drafting the notices advertising the premises licence application and submitting the notice to the local newspaper.
  • Providing you with the notice(s) advertising the premises licence application which must be placed at the Premises, 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.
  • Checking the licence once granted and correcting any errors with the licensing authority.

Our fee does not include:

  • obtaining suitable plans
  • advising on or procuring relevant assessments (such as an environmental impact assessment).
  • drafting any operating policy documents (such as a dispersal policy).
  • attending pre-consultation meetings with the Licensing Authority, Responsible Authorities, or third parties, nor their fee (if any) for this meeting.
  • dealing with or advising you in relation to queries or representations received from either the responsible authorities or other interested parties
  • procuring the relevant ‘right to work’ evidence for applications in the name of individuals and/or the DPS.
  • advising on any post grant variations to the licence
  • preparations for a hearing, such as the taking of witness statements;
  • attendance and representation at a licensing sub-committee hearing of the local 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 to prepare?

It usually takes 2-3 weeks from receipt of full instructions from you to get the application ready for submission. This is on the basis of the application being relatively straightforward and you being able to provide all the necessary documents promptly. If your matter is more complex, for example, if there is substantial opposition from interested parties, or if there is a delay in receiving the documents we need, it may take longer.

Application for a major variation of an existing premises licence

A major variation is any variation to a premises licence other than one (i) to change the DPS or (ii) one that cannot be dealt with under the minor variation procedure.  For example, extending the period for which a licence has effect, or substantial changes to the premises, would have to be dealt with under the major variation procedure.

Simple Application

£450 plus VAT and Disbursements

A simple application would normally be one that was not in a cumulative impact zone, for a premises with a clean history with local enforcement agencies and interested parties, or is just an update of the premises licence plan.

Medium Complexity

£750 plus VAT and Disbursements

An application of medium complexity premises with a history of minor issues with local enforcement agencies and/or interested parties

High Complexity

£1,000 plus VAT and Disbursements

An application of high complexity would normally be one that is in a cumulative impact zone or which is controversial in some way or where the capacity is above 500 (but below 5000), and/or for a premises with a history of serious issues with local enforcement agencies.

Any application for a licence where the capacity is above 5000 will need long and careful planning, as well as being very much bespoke.

Disbursements

Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as the application fee.  We will normally require funds on account before paying these out.  They are likely to include:

  • Application fee (payable to licensing authority) £100 - £635
  • Advertising fee, typically £300 - £500
  • Enquiry Agents fees, typically £100 - £200
  • Experts’ fees
  • Courier fees
  • Travel, accommodation and parking fees

These amounts vary depending on the individual premises and where it is located. The fees can on occasion be higher than the ranges given above. We will give you an accurate figure for each item as soon as we are able to do so.

Our fee includes:

  • Taking your instructions over the phone or at our offices and advising you as to how you can promote the licensing objectives within your application
  • If the variation relates to a change of layout, then advising you as the type of plans you are required to submit with your application.
  • Completing the application form in accordance with your instructions and submitting this to the local licensing authority alongside suitable plans (if applicable).  You must provide suitable plans.
  • Providing guidance on the fee levels payable to the licensing authority.
  • Advising on timescales
  • Preparing copies of the variation application for disclosure to the responsible authorities and serving copies of the application on the responsible authorities.
  • Drafting the notices advertising the premises licence application and submitting the notice to the local newspaper.
  • Providing you with the notice(s) advertising the premises licence application which must be placed at the Premises, 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.
  • Checking the licence once granted and correcting any errors with the licensing authority.

Our fee does not include:

  • obtaining suitable plans (if necessary)
  • advising on or procuring relevant assessments (such as an environmental impact assessment).
  • drafting any operating policy documents (such as a dispersal policy).
  • attending pre-consultation meetings with the Licensing Authority, Responsible Authorities, or third parties, nor their fee (if any) for this meeting.
  • dealing with or advising you in relation to queries or representations received from either the responsible authorities or other interested parties
  • procuring the relevant ‘right to work’ evidence for applications in the name of individuals and/or the DPS.
  • preparations for a hearing, such as the taking of witness statements;
  • attendance and representation at a licensing sub-committee hearing of the local 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 to prepare?

It usually takes 1-2 weeks from receipt of full instructions from you to get the application ready for submission.. This is on the basis of the application being relatively straightforward and you being able to provide all the necessary documents promptly. If your matter is more complex, for example, if there is substantial opposition from interested parties, or if there is a delay in receiving the documents we need, it may take longer.