Changes to a Premises Licence

Entertainment License

You can apply to vary a Premises Licence either a Minor Variation or a Full Variation. For small variations that won't affect the licensing objectives you can apply for a Minor Variation. For larger changes that may have an adverse effect on the licensing objectives, including increasing the hours that alcohol will be sold; you'll need to apply for a Full Variation. Only the holder of the Premises may apply to vary the Licence.
Anyone applying for a variation to a Premises Licence must conform to the relevant sections of the Council's Licensing Policy.


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:

  • extending the licensing hours for the sale or supply of alcohol for consumption on or off the premises between the hours of 11pm and 7am
  •  increasing 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.

Full Variations

If changes are needed to what is authorised by your Premises Licence you must make an application to vary the Licence. Possible changes include:

  • Varying the hours during which the licence activity is allowed
  • Adding licensable activities
  • Amending, adding or removing conditions within the licence

How much will it cost?

See the Premises Fees document below to find the appropriate fee.

What do you need to send us?

  • 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. You can download a Notice Template for this below. 
  • 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.