Variation to premises licence

Where a premises licence holder wishes to amend the licence, the Licensing Act (2003) allows, in most cases, for an application to vary the licence to be made, rather than a new application for a new premises licence.

A premises licence can be varied by:

  • the hours during which a licensable activity is permitted
  • adding or removing licensable activities
  • amending, adding or removing conditions within a licence and
  • altering any aspect of the layout of the premises which is shown on the plan

A variation cannot be used to vary a licence to:

  • extend a time-limited licence or to
  • transfer the licence from one premises to another

Depending on the proposed changes it may be possible for you to submit a 'minor variation' application instead of a variation to premises licence

Before you apply

Please read the premises licence supporting documents and information to  find out what's required of you as part of your application and what you'll need to provide for your licence. This includes descriptions and definitions of:

  • the operating schedule
  • the plan of the premises
  • responsible authorities and list of responsible authorities
  • regulated entertainment
  • late night refreshment
  • mandatory conditions
  • advertising
  • content of notice (for premises display and advertisement in local paper) 

How to apply

An application to vary a premises licence must be made to the Licensing Authority for the area in which the premises is situated. You can apply online or in writing.

Online

Applications and credit/debit card payments can be made online via the Gov UK website:

By post

You can download a paper application here:

Return your application to:

The Licensing Section, Regulatory Services, Barnsley Council, PO Box 634, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 9FB.

Please ensure you enclose a cheque for the correct amount, made payable to Barnsley MBC. Your application will not be considered to be valid without receipt of the necessary payment.

What to send with your application

The application must be accompanied by:

  • the required fee
  • the Premises Licence (or the appropriate part of the licence) or, if that is not practicable, by a statement of the reasons for the failure to provide the licence (or part)
  • confirmation that the application has been simultaneously served to the appropriate responsible authorities

The application should contain the variation details as relevant to the premises.

Licence fees

Fees for all Licensing Act 2003 permissions have been set nationally by government. They are based on the rateable value of the premises. 

You can see the latest licence fees here or enter your postcode into the government Valuation Office website to find the licence fees associated with your premises. 

What happens next

Please read the premises licence approval process for further information about how all applications and changes are processed, including:

  • representations
  • mediation
  • hearing
  • appeal
  • determination

The responsible authorities

The responsible authorities have 28 consecutive days to consider the application served upon them. Members of the public also have a 28-day period within which to consider making a relevant representation. Where no objections or relevant representations are made by Responsible Authorities or members of the public, the Licensing Authority must grant the Variation to the Premises Licence on the 29th consecutive day subject only to the Mandatory Conditions and the operating schedule.

Members of the public

Members of the public also have a 28-day period within which to consider making a relevant representation.

The Council will hold a hearing where valid objections or representations from  Responsible Authorities, or any other person, whether or not they live or have a business in the vicinity, are received:

A representation is not relevant if it does not directly relate to the application and to the promotion of one or more of the licensing objectives. Representations can be negative (objection) or positive (in support) of the application and must be made in writing or by email.


Where no objections or relevant representations are made by Responsible Authorities or the public, the Licensing Authority must grant the Premises Licence on the 29th consecutive day subject only to the Mandatory Conditions* and the Operating Schedule.