Licensing applications in relation to businesses: Range of costs and fixed fee

Our Team


Kulanayaki Ratnapalan – Partner


Admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales for more than 20 years, Mrs Ratna has been spearheading this firm since its inauguration.

With considerable experience in all aspects of Property Law, Mrs Ratna is an invaluable asset to the firm.


Mrs Ratna is also fluent in Tamil.


Duv Ratna - Associate Solicitor


Admitted as a Solicitor in 2009, Duv provides an efficient service in all aspects of Property Law under the supervision of Kulanayaki Ratnalalan.

Duv has substantial knowledge and is committed to going the extra mile on behalf of his clients and providing a first class service.


Duv is also fluent in Tamil.


We only assist clients in relation to liquor licence applications.

Fixed fee for an application for a new premises licence (new premises application) –

• £720 including VAT but excluding disbursements such as ;


1. Application fee payable to the licensing authority


2. Advertising fee depending on which paper we advertise


3. Enquiry agent fees to display public notices which again varies


4. Special delivery fee to serve the application depending on how many applications we should serve


5. Printing additional copies of plans if necessary, whim again depends on how many applications we need to do

Fee includes:


• Taking your instructions 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.


• Drafting the notices advertising the premises licence application and submitting the notice to the local newspaper.


• Arranging with you for you to display the 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.


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


Matters usually take 6 - 8 weeks from receipt of full instructions from you. 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.