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Licensing pre-application advice service

Get help completing your licensing application

We offer a pre-application advice service for those considering applying for a licence to help them:

  • choose the right type of licence
  • complete the application fully and correctly
  • understand what policies may be applied to an application and why
  • identify if specialist input may be required, for example, from an acoustician or security specialist
  • be aware of any specific measure that may need to be considered when submitting the application

Request advice

To request pre-application advice, first complete the online application form, providing as much detail as possible.

Apply online

Please note that pre-application service advice is free for those who qualify for an exemption from statutory licence fees.

Then choose the category of advice most suitable for your application and pay the relevant fee.

Application Service Price
Small Up to 3 hours of officer time.  For advice on the licensing process, guidance on plans, conditions, telephone consultations. Does not include meetings or site visits. £338 (includes VAT)
Medium Up to 6 hours of officer time.  Includes site visit / meeting by an environmental health officer or a licensing officer or licensing district surveyor. For advice where a site visit is essential. £677 (includes VAT)
Large For applications which need considerable officer time. Includes multiple site visits and liaison with the environmental health officer, licensing officer or the licensing district surveyor. £1805 (includes VAT)
Bolt on To request an additional officer (for a visit or meeting up to 2.5 hours). £282 (includes VAT)

For further information on the application process contact the Licensing Team by emailing: [email protected]

What happens next

You will be contacted by experienced and qualified officers from the Environmental Health, District Surveyor and Licensing services who will give you advice or arrange a site visit.

The advice given will not include views from other responsible authorities, such as the Police or Fire Authority, who have the legal right to make a representation relating to the application.

Determining any application that is subject to representations will be the mandate of the Licensing Sub-Committee. The committee will consider the application and the representations on its own merits and determine the application accordingly.


Published: 20 January 2021

Last updated: 4 December 2023