Full Variations & Minor Variations

Minor Variations

Small variations to a premises licence, which will not impact adversely on the licensing objectives, can be applied for using a simplified 'minor variations' process.

The following variations are excluded from the minor variation process:

  • to extend licensing hours for the sale or supply of alcohol for consumption on or off the premises between the hours of 11pm and 7am; or
     
  • to increase the amount of time on any day during which alcohol may be sold or supplied for consumption on or off the premises.

Only the holder of the premises licence may apply to vary the licence

For the appropriate fee to pay please see the Premises Fees document provided.

Attachments required
 

  • The completed application form
     
  • Plan of the premises (only required if the variation includes changes to the internal layout of the premises);
     
  • The current licence.
     

Processing & timescales
 

You must advertise your application for a period of 10 working days starting on the first working day after the application was made to the licensing authority.  A notice template for your use is downloadable from this page.

During this period, we will decide to consult with any Responsible Authorities we consider appropriate.

Following this consultation period (which is 14 days from the day after the application is received), a decision must be made by us within a further 5 working days.
 

Full Variations

If any changes are required to what is authorised by your premises licence, you are required to make an application to vary the licence. Possible changes include:

  • varying the hours during which a licensable activity is permitted
     
  • adding licensable activities
     
  • amending, adding or removing conditions within a licence
     
  • altering any aspect of the layout of the premises which is shown on the plan.

Depending on the proposed changes, it may be possible for you to submit a 'minor variation' application.

For the appropriate fee to pay please see the Premises Fees document provided.

Attachments required 
 

  • The completed application form
     
  • Plan of the premises (only required if the variation includes changes to the internal layout of the premises);
     
  • The current licence.
     

Processing & timescales
 

If posting the application, you are required to also serve a copy of the application, including the accompanying documentation, to the Responsible Authorities on the same day as the application is given to us. If the application is submitted electronically, we will provide copies to the Responsible Authorities by no later than the first working day after the application is received.

The consultation period is 28 days from receipt of the application. At the end of the consultation period if no representations have been made the licence will be granted and issued within a further 2 weeks.

If relevant representations are made against the application, a hearing will be held within 20 working days following the end of the consultation period, where the matter will be decided by the Licensing Sub-Committee. A notice will be sent within 10 working days of the decision being made.

Anyone applying for any variation to a premises licence must have regard to the relevant sections of the Council's Licensing Policy.