Apply to vary a premises licence

Make changes to a premises licence.

You can apply to vary your premises licence to:

  • extend the hours for existing licensable activities
  • apply for extra licensable activities
  • remove conditions on an existing licence

If the variation is minor you should apply for a minor variation. A minor variation is a simplified process for:

  • small changes to premises layouts or structures
  • to reduce licensing hours
  • removal of out of date, irrelevant or unenforceable conditions
  • add conditions
  • add licensable activities that will not affect the licencing objectives of crime and disorder, public safety, prevention of public nuisance and the protection of children from harm.

Before you apply

Read how to apply for a variation to a premises licence (pdf, 363k) (opens new window) (opens new window)

Apply online

Apply to vary a premises licence
on the GOV.UK website

Other ways to apply

Fill in and return application to vary premises licence (PREM 6) (pdf, 401k) (opens new window) or application to vary premises licence (word doc, 310k) (opens new window)

How to pay

Cost

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 licence variation 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 Application fee Multiplier
A  £0 - £4,300 £100 0
B  £4,301 - £33,000 £190 0
 £33,001 - £87,000 £315 0
D  £87,001 - £125,000 £450 £900
 £125,001 and over £635 £1905
     

Payment

If you apply online you pay directly with a debit or credit card.

If you apply by post you pay by cheque or postal order made payable to Bristol City Council

Let people know about the application

You must:

  • display a notice of the application at the premises for 28 days starting from the day after the application was submitted 
  • publish a notice of the application in a locally circulated newspaper within 10 working days starting from the day after the application was submitted.

The site notice must be:

  • on pale blue paper
  • A4 size or larger
  • large font – font size 16 or larger

There is a sample site notice for variation in our guidance notes (pdf, 363k) (opens new window)

If you apply by post you’ll also need to give notice of your application and copies of documentation on the same day that you make the application to the responsible authorities.

What happens next

There is a 28 day representation period from the date you apply.  After this has ended if there haven’t been any representations from responsible authorities or relevant persons, then we’ll grant the licence. We’ll issue the licence shortly after.

If there is representation from a responsible authority or relevant persons then the licensing committee will need to look at your application.  

We’ll arrange a hearing with the licensing committee within 20 working days from the representation period end date. If a hearing is held a licence will be granted, granted with some extra conditions or refused.

Tacit consent

Tacit consent applies to premises licences variation this means that you can assume your application has been granted after the 28 day consultation period has ended unless you’ve heard from us that there have been representations from responsible authorities or interested parties.