The holder of a premises licence may apply to vary it at any time, either by post or electronically.

Variation of a premises licence or club premises certificate

Following a valid variation application being made, there will begin a 28-day consultation process to allow any person to make positive or negative representations about the application relating to the licensing objectives.

If, at the end of this period, there are outstanding negative representations identifying areas where the application may adversely have an impact on the licensing objectives, then within the following 20 working days there will be a hearing of a licensing sub-committee, or Licensing Panel, to determine the matter. All parties that have made representation, and the applicant, may address the Panel to assist them in making their decision.

For the application to be valid it must include the following:

  • completed, signed and dated application form
  • the plans of the premises with the relevant items marked on
  • the correct fee

The application must be served on all of the responsible authorities. Applications for premises licences for vessels must also be served on the appropriate inspector or surveyor of ships, appointed under Section 256 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995. For more information contact

The website provides useful advice to applicants and specific notes on how to fill in the forms.

Minor variation of a premises licence or club premises certificate

Variations to premises licences that could not impact on the licensing objectives are subject to a simplified minor variations process.

Applications for minor variations are not required to be circulated to all of the responsible authorities, or be advertised in a newspaper. A white notice, that complies with the requirements set out in regulation 26A of the Licensing Act 2003 Regulations 2005, must be displayed at the premises for a period of ten working days starting on the working day after the minor variation application was given to the licensing authority.

Making a representation

If you would like to make a representation on a premises licence application that is within the consultation period, you can download a Licensing Act 2003 Representation Form, or alternatively write to the Licensing team at Elizabeth House. Only representations made about the licensing objectives, received within the consultation period, can be considered.

You can also download guidance on making a representation.

Contact: The Licensing team

Last updated on 03/12/2020