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Minor variation

Find out how to make minor variations to a premises licence.

The holder of a premises licence may apply to us for a minor variation of the licence. Minor variations can be used for small changes to a premises licence, such as:

  • Minor changes to plans;
  • The addition of non contentious regulated activities or the extension of those same regulated activities where no additional problems are likely to be encountered;
  • The removal of outdated conditions.

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

  • Extend the period for which the licence has effect.
  • Vary substantially the premises to which it relates.
  • Change the Designated Premises Supervisor.
  • Add the sale or supply of alcohol.
  • Authorise the supply of alcohol at any time between 11pm and 7am.
  • Authorise an increase in the amount of time on any day during which alcohol may be sold or supplied.


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.

The application must include:

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

Online applications

Apply for a minor variation to a premises licence

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.

Paper applications

You can also apply for a new licence by downloading and completing an application form and sending it to us.


The fee for a minor variation is £89.


Useful documents and information

What happens next?

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, the Licensing Authority 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.

Advertising process

The application must be advertised by displaying a notice at or on the premises. 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 premises.

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.

Failed application redress

If a valid representation against one of the four licensing objectives is received from any of the Responsible Authorities, or any Interested Parties, the Licensing Authority 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 Premises Licence process.

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