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Changes to existing licences

 

If you want to make changes to your premises licence then it's likely that you'll need to apply for a variation.  There are two types of variation application, a full variation or a minor variation.  

The type of application you need to apply for will depend on the change you want to make and if it is likely to impact on the licensing objectives. These are:  

  • the prevention of crime and disorder
  • public safety
  • the prevention of public nuisance
  • the protection of children from harm

If the changes could impact on the licensing objectives then you must apply for a full variation.  For example, if you want to:

  • extend the opening hours of the premises
  • make major changes to the premises or change the layout of the bar area
  • add the sale by retail of alcohol
  • add 'off-sales' to the licence
  • authorise the sale of alcohol between 11pm and 7am or
  • increase the number of hours that alcohol may be sold on any day 

If the changes are small and do not impact the licensing objectives then you can apply for a minor variation

Only the premises licence holder or their agent can apply for a variation.

Full variation application

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You must advertise your application in the local newspaper and with a site notice(s).

Will tacit consent apply?

No. There is a 28 day consultation period. Only if after this period has expired no representations have been received from Responsible Authorities or Interested Parties, then the variation is granted as applied for. The amended licence will be issued to you shortly after.

A copy of the application will be provided by the Licensing Department to the Responsible Authorities by no later than the first working day after the application is received. Please note: this only related to applications submitted online. You are required to serve a copy of the application, including the accompanying documentation, to the “responsible authorities” on the same day as the application is given to the Licensing Unit if posting the application.

If relevant representations are made against the application, a hearing will be held within 20 working days after end of consultation period, where the matter will be decided by the Licensing Sub-Committee.

A decision notice will be sent within 10 working days of the determination.

Minor variation application

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Download an Application for a minor variation to an existing premises licence

Will tacit consent apply?

No, tacit consent will not apply.

You must advertise your application with notices for a period of 10 working days starting on the first working day after the application was made to the licensing authority.

During this period, the Licensing Authority will decide to consult which (if any) Responsible Authorities it considers appropriate.

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

Change of Designated Premises Supervisor

Premises Licences that authorise the sale of alcohol must specify an individual in the role of Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS). If you wish to nominate a new Designated Premises Supervisor on a premises licence, you must submit the application and accompanying consent form.

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The consent form must also accompany any application for variation of DPS.