Licensing (Business Premises) Work Fees

Our fees for a typical licensing application range on price depending on the facts of the case, the licencing authority and the type of application. That’s why at Vas Solicitors, we will always provide you with an individual costs quotation at the start of a matter, taking into account the actual features of your circumstances. We will always advise you immediately about any variance, and discuss the potential impact on price before any additional charges are incurred.

In the sections set out below, we try to give as much information as possible to help you to decide about the solicitor you wish to engage with your application.

Licensing Fees

Type Of Licensing



New Premises licence application

£950.00 plus VAT

The timeframe will depend upon the nature and complexity of the application. 

Each application type has a statutory timescale which the licensing authority must adhere to. In the case of a straightforward, non-contested application.

The process could take anywhere between 6 to 12 weeks, but could take considerably longer depending on the specific factors applicable to the matter.

Application to Transfer Premises Licence together with an application to vary an existing Premises Licence to specify an individual as designated premises supervisor

£450.00 plus VAT

Application to vary an existing Premises Licence

£950.00 plus VAT

In addition you will need to pay the following disbursements which are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as court fees. 


Fees for newspaper advert is likely to be £350.00 – £650.00, and the application fee is likely to be £190.00, but this may be higher or lower if the local authority states this. 

We will let you know from the outset of such fees for you to come to a decision before you instruct us. 

Postage will depend on the application as a few licencing authorities may wish for electronic application to be submitted or paper applications. While electronic applications may require less paper usage, we will let you know if postage fees will apply. 

As part of our fixed fee we will: 

  • Identify the local authority 
  • Accurately identify the type of application you will require 
  • Obtain the relevant documents required to make the application 
  • Complete the electronic or paper based application to the local authority
  • Correspond and negotiate with the local authorities your goals to be reflected in the licence 
  • Await receipt of the licence application

Typically, obtaining the licence takes between 4 to 16 weeks, but can be considerably longer if there are issues the local authority wish to raise an objection towards. 

Please note if there are objections and matter proceeds to a Licensing Sub-committee, then we will usually instruct counsel to represent you at the hearing. We will let you know our additional cots and counsel’s additional costs. The costs will depend of the seniority of the counsel you require and nature of issues involved.

Licensing Team and Experience


Position at Vas Solicitors


Relevant Experience

Hourly Rate plus VAT

Veeravagu Vaaheesan


Solicitor of the senior courts

10+ PQE


Akshya Kumar

Senior Solicitor

Solicitor of the senior courts

17+ PQE


Ashwariya Kuhendiran



1+ years of conveyancing experience


Sunjay Issur

Trainee Solicitor


3+ years of conveyancing experience