We understand that businesses in the licensed trade are ever-changing. It is this that makes the industry so vibrant and exciting. We are therefore well aware that your licence must adapt to fit your needs, and are always on hand to assist with any variations that may be necessary.
Whether you want to extend hours, add new licensable activities or refurbish your premises, we can advise you fully on what applications are necessary to ensure that your licence is accurate and up-to-date.
We meet with you to discuss your proposals, often on-site where they come to life best, and talk you through the best way to achieve your aims. We like our clients to contact us as soon as they consider a change to their operation, so that we can advise strategically on how best to progress this from a licensing perspective.
Whether we assisted with your initial licence application or not, we are happy to advise on full or minor variation applications as required.
Q: I have recently refurbished my restaurant. Do I need to tell the Licensing Authority?
A: Quite possibly. Changes to layout often require an application. Small changes, perhaps to the layout of your fixed seating, can often be dealt with by way of a ‘minor variation’, which typically takes 2-3 weeks. However, more significant changes (such as the moving of entrances, exits or the addition of further bar areas) may require a ‘full’ variation, with a 28 day consultation period. Substantial changes, such as licensing another floor, or expanding into the next door premises, can even require a new licence. We would always recommend consulting with us early, before you undertake any building works to ensure you stay correctly licensed.