Pay annual premises licence fee

Pay annual premises licence fee

How and when to pay your annual premises licence fee

Delayed annual licence fees will be collected from 1 September 2020.

  • We delayed collecting annual licence fees due between 1 April and 31 August 2020. This was to help licensed premises that were closed because of coronavirus.  

  • We’ll start collecting annual licence fees again from 1 September 2020. This includes fees due between 1 April and 31 August. 

  • We’ll issue invoices as normal. You must pay your annual licence fee within the timeframe stated on the invoice. 

  • The delay in collection will not affect when your annual licence fee is due in 2021. It will still be due on the anniversary date of when your premises licence was granted.

Pay your fee once a year by the anniversary date of when your premises licence was granted.  You can find the anniversary date on the decision notice that will be sent with your premises licence.

You’ll get an invoice from us before payment is due.  

How to pay

Pay your premises licence fee

Select Bristol City Council invoices

You’ll need:

  • a debit or credit card
  • your invoice number

Other ways to pay

You can also pay:

  • by phone:  use the 24 hour automated payment line 0870 707 7776. The call will cost you 2p per minute plus any charges from your phone company
  • by post: send a cheque made payable to Bristol City Council; write your invoice number, name and address on the back of the cheque and send to Payment Processing (100TS), P O Box 3399, BS1 9NE 
  • at the post office: you’ll need your bar coded invoice and payment; cheques should be made payable to Post Office Ltd
  • at a Paypoint: you’ll need your bar coded invoice; payments can only be made in cash. 


The amount you pay is based on the rateable value of the premises.  Premises that don't have a rateable value are in Band A for premises licences purposes. The rateable value is set by the valuation office.

Check the rateable value of the premises on GOV.UK

There is a multiplier applied to premises in Bands D ( x 2 basic fee) and E ( x 3 basic fee) where they are exclusively or primarily in the business of supplying alcohol. 

Non-domestic rateable value band Annual fee Multiplier 
A  £0 - £4,300 £70 0
B  £4,301 - £33,000 £180 0
 £33,001 - £87,000 £295 0
D  £87,001 - £125,000 £320 £640
 £125,001 and over £350 £1050

What happens if the fee isn’t paid on time

If you don’t pay your annual fee on time we’ll suspend your premises licence. This means you’ll no longer be able to lawfully carry out licensable activities at the premises until you pay the fee and we lift the suspension.