Minor variations to premises licences
If you are the holder of a premises licence and you want to make small alterations to the premises licence that will not impact adversely on the licensing objectives, you can apply for a "minor variation" of the licence.
When we receive an application for a minor variation, we must consider whether the changes being proposed could impact adversely on the licensing objectives.
When considering an application, we have to consult with other relevant authorities if there is any doubt about the impact the proposed changes will have on the licensing objectives and we think we need specialist advice. We will then take the views of these authorities into account in reaching our decision.
Further guidance on minor variations can be downloaded here: Guidance notes on minor variations
More information on variations to premises licences can be found on the GOV.UK website
Variations to premises licences
If you hold a premises licence and want to make changes to it, you can apply for a variation of the licence.
If you are only looking to make small changes to the licence, that will not impact on the promotion of the licensing objectives, it may be possible to apply for a minor variation of the premises licence. Minor variations are subject to a simplified application process and a lower application fee.
Further guidance on variation applications can be found on the GOV.UK website
To help make your application process run more smoothly, Worcestershire Regulatory Services now offers a pre-application assistance service. For more information click here.
Apply online for the variation of a premises licence via the GOV.UK website - Apply online
Apply by post
Apply by post: Licensing, Malvern Hills District Council, The Council House, Avenue Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3AF
Download the application form here: Application to vary a premises licence
If you are varying the licence to seek authorisation to use the premises for the sale of alcohol, you will need to identify a person who will act as designated premises supervisor (DPS). This person must agree to being nominated as the DPS by completing this form: DPS Consent Form
A template for the public notice that will need to be displayed at the premises and published in a local newspaper, circular or similar document can be downloaded below. Please note that the notice displayed at the relevant premises must be printed on light blue paper.
Copies of your application will also need to be sent to all of the responsible authorities, whose contact details can be found here: Responsible Authorities List
A table of the fees that must be paid for applications under the Licensing Act 2003 can be found on our licensing fees and charges page
You can find out the non-domestic rateable value of the relevant premises by visiting the Valuation Office Agency website
Will tacit consent apply?
Yes. After the 28 day consultation period has expired, if no representations have been received from responsible authorities or other persons, then the licence is granted as applied for. We will issue the licence shortly after.
If there is a representation from a responsible authority other person then this will cause the application to be considered by the Licensing Sub-Committee. A hearing will be arranged within 56 days from the date the application is made.
You can apply online for the minor variation of a premises licence via the GOV.UK website: Apply online
Apply by post
You can apply for a minor variation to your premises licence by post to this address: Licensing, Malvern Hills District Council, The Council House, Avenue Road, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 3AF
You can download an application form here:
You should include with your application the existing premises licence, any other relevant documents and the fee of £89.00.
When you have made your application, you then have to advertise it by displaying a public notice at the relevant premises for a period of 10 working days, starting on the working day after the minor variation application was given to us. The public notice must be on white paper of at least A4 size.
A template for the public notice can be downloaded here:
Will tacit consent apply?
Yes. If after the 10 working day consultation period has expired and no representations have been made by a responsible authority or other persons, then we will approve the minor variation. If any representations have been received, we have a further five working days to consider them and will decide whether to approve or reject the application. If the minor variation is approved, we will issue a notice outlining the minor variation to the premises licence. We will also issue a new licence to reflect the minor variation.