Minor variations

We offer pre-application advice for minor variation applications.

A licence holder can, under certain circumstances, apply for a minor variation of a premises licence.  The test for whether a proposed variation is 'minor' is whether it could impact adversely on any of the four licensing objectives.

Applications for a minor variation could, for example, include:

  • small changes to the structure or layout of a premises
  • the addition of authorisation for late night refreshment or regulated entertainment (such as live music, performance of plays or film exhibitions)
  • small changes to licensing hours (but see below on changes that relate to alcohol)
  • revisions, removals and additions of conditions (this could include the removal or amendment of out of date, irrelevant or unenforceable conditions, or the addition of volunteered conditions)

The following do not constitute a minor variation:

  • add the retail or supply of alcohol to a licence
  • extend licensing hours for the sale or supply of alcohol at any time between 11pm and 7am
  • increase the amount of time on any day during which alcohol may be sold by retail or supplied
  • extend the period for which the licence or certificate has effect
  • transfer the licence or certificate from one premises to another, or vary substantially the premises to which it relates
  • specify, in a premises licence, an individual as the premises supervisor
  • add the sale by retail or supply of alcohol as an activity authorised by a licence or certificate
  • disapply the mandatory conditions relating to a designated premises supervisor (there is a separate process by which community premises can apply for this)

Making an application



A white notice must be put on display in a prominent position for a period of ten working days starting on the working day after the application was given to the licensing authority.

What happens next

When we receive your application we will consider whether the variation could impact adversely on the licensing objectives.

On receipt and whilst considering the application, we will consult relevant responsible authorities if there is any doubt about the impact of the variation on the licensing objectives and if we need specialist advice. In this case we will take their views into account before reaching a decision (for example we may need to consult the environmental health officer on an application with possible public nuisance implications).

You should be aware that in the case of minor variations, there is no right to a hearing, but we must take any relevant representations into account in arriving at a decision.

We must wait until this ten working day period has elapsed before determining the application, but must do so at the latest within 15 working days, beginning on the first working day after receiving the application, with effect either that:

  • the minor variation is granted; or
  • the application is refused

More information

Minor Variations to premises licences or club premises certificates: Guidance to Applicants