Minor variations to premises licences and club premises certificates
The government has amended the Licensing Act 2003 to allow minor variations to premises licences and club premises certificates.
Minor variations will usually fall into one of four categories:
- minor changes to the structure or layout of the premises
- small adjustments to licensing hours
- the removal of out of date, irrelevant or unenforceable conditions or the addition of volunteered conditions.
- the addition of certain licensable activities.
In all cases the overall test is whether the proposals could impact adversely on any of the four licensing objectives.
The applicant is not required to advertise the minor variation in a newspaper or copy it to the responsible authorities. They must display details of the application on a white notice at the premises, where it can be easily read by the public. The notice must remain in place for 10 working days starting on the day after the application was given to us.
Upon receipt of the application, we must consider whether the proposed changes could have a detrimental impact on the licensing objectives. If we feel it necessary, we may consult with the responsible authorities and take their views into account when reaching a decision. We must also consider any representations received from interested parties during the 10 working days after the application was received by us. We then have a further five working days in which to make a decision to either grant or refuse the application.
If an application is granted, a revised licence will be issued. If the application is refused then a full variation application may be submitted.
- Complete the Minor variation for a Club Certificate/Premises Licence form and send this with the relevant payment. Our licensing payments page explains what fees apply and how to pay them. If you have paid by debit/credit card or by bacs before you have submitted your application form then you must include a copy of your receipt with the application. Any application received without the payment will not be processed.
- Complete the Public notice - minor variation of a premises licence - for use when preparing for a minor variation.
- You must also send in a current copy of your premises licence to accompany the application, if you cannot provide this then you will be required to pay the fee of £10.50 for a replacement licence. Our Licensing payments page explains how to pay them. If an application has been verified by us and it is deemed as invalid / incomplete then the application fee will be non refundable and you will be required to resubmit your application and pay the appropriate fee again.
- Please send a photo of the public notice displayed on the premises within 48 hours of submitting your application. Failure to provide a copy of this notice, may result in your application being invalid and you will be required to re-submit the application with full fee.
- Home Office guidance on minor variation applications
Please submit your application forms together with the fee and any supporting documentation if applicable. Failure to do this will result in your application being rejected and you will be required to re-submit all the necessary documentation at the same time. If your payment is received prior to you submitting your application then please forward the receipt with the application form or write the receipt number on the application form to enable us to process your application.
Interested parties have 10 working days from the 'initial day', that is the day after the application is received by us, to submit representations.
Where an application is refused and is then re-submitted through the full variation process, the full 28 days' notification period will apply from the date the new application is received by us.