Full variations to a premises licence

How to make sizeable variations to a premises licence.

After you apply

What you need to do

After submitting your application, you must:   

  • advertise your application on the premises for 28 days, starting from the day after you submit your application (see 'Useful documents' below)
  • publish the public notice in a local newspaper within 10 working days of making the application
  • complete and return the notice of advertising (see ‘Useful documents’, below) to us by emailing it to    

What we will do

We will automatically grant a full variation licence application if no comments or objections (‘representations’) are received within the first 28 days. 

In cases where representations are made, the application will be decided by the council’s licensing subcommittee at a public hearing. The hearing will normally take place within the four weeks following the initial 28 day representation period. 

All concerned parties will be invited to attend the hearing and they will be given the opportunity to discuss their application or representation and ask questions of other parties present. 

The right to appeal

Applicants and any person(s) making representation have the right of appeal against the council's decision. Appeals must be made to the magistrates’ court within 21 days of receiving written notification of the licence decision.