The holder of a club premises certificate may apply to us for a minor variation of the certificate.

Minor variations can be used for small changes to a club premises certificate, such as:

  • Minor changes to plans;
  • Addition of non contentious qualifying club activities or the extension of those same qualifying club
  • Activities where no additional problems are likely to be encountered;
  • Removal of outdated conditions.

You may not use a minor variation to do the following:

  • Vary substantially the premises to which it relates,
  • Add the supply of alcohol to members or guests as an activity authorised by the certificate, or
  • Authorise:
    1. The supply of alcohol to members or guests at any time between 11pm and 7am, or
    2. An increase in the amount of time on any day during which alcohol may be supplied to members or guests.


Applications must be sent to us if the premises are located in Torbay. There is a consultation period and you will need to advertise the application.

In addition to the application form, the application must be accompanied by the following:

  • The correct fee
  • Premises plan (scale 1:100) - (only required if the minor variation includes changes to the internal layout of the premises).
  • Club premises certificate or, if that is not practicable, a statement of the reasons for the failure to provide the certificate.

  Apply for minor variation to a club premises certificate Opens in a new window

  Download a site notice advert

When you make an application you are not required to send a copy of the application to the Responsible Authorities, we will do this for you. Consultees may change with each application and we decide who to send it to.  

When you submit the application for a variation online, you must submit a set of the premises plans by uploading them with the application.

Paper Applications

You can also apply for a minor variation by downloading and completing an application form and sending it us.

  Download a minor variation to a club premises application

  Download a site notice advert


The fee for a minor variation is £89.

List of Responsible Authorities
Contact details of the authorities that require notices to be sent to them following applications.

The Responsible Authorities and any Interested Parties have 10 working days, beginning with the day after on which the minor variation application is accepted, to raise a valid representation if they consider that the application would undermine the four licensing objectives.

If no objection is received against the minor variation application, we will grant the minor variation application as requested. This will be done within 5 working days from the close of the 10 working day consultation period.

The total timescale for dealing with a minor variation application (no objection received) is therefore expected to be no more than 15 consecutive working days commencing with the correct receipt of all the paperwork and the associated fee.

The application must be advertised by displaying a notice at or on the club. This notice must be A4 or larger in size, white in colour and located in such a position where it can be conveniently read from the exterior of the club.

The notice must be printed legibly (font size 16), be printed or typed in black ink and must be displayed for a period of 10 working days, starting on a working day after the application was accepted. For any premises covering an area more than 50 metres square, two A4 notices must be displayed.

All notices must contain details of the application.

There is no requirement for the applicant to advertise the application in a local newspaper.

If a valid representation against one of the four licensing objectives is received from any of the Responsible Authorities, any Interested Parties or club member, we will have to consider if it is relevant, if it is relevant then the minor variation application will be refused.

There is no right to a hearing with a minor variation application and the applicant will then need to make a new application through the full Variation of Club Premises Certificate process.