The holder of a premises licence may apply to us for variation of the licence. The areas in which a premises licence can be varied include:
- Varying the hours during which a licensable activity is permitted.
- Adding or removing licensable activities.
- Amending, adding or removing conditions within a licence.
- Altering any aspect of the layout of the premises which is shown on the plan.
A variation cannot be used to vary a licence so as 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.
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 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
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If you make an application online, you are not required to send a copy of the application to the Responsible Authorities, we will do this for you.
You can also apply for a new licence by downloading and completing an application form and sending it to us.7583,7582
Download application form to vary a premises licence
If you submit a paper application you must also send a copy to the Police, Fire, Public Health, Safeguarding Unit and The Home Office (Immigration Enforcement).8417
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Additional information for applicants
The Responsible Authorities and any Interested Parties have 28 days, beginning with the day after on which the application to vary the premises licence 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 application to vary the premises licence, we will grant the premises licence variation as requested. This will usually be done within 7 days from the close of the 28 day consultation period.
The total timescale for dealing with an application to vary a premises licence (no objection received) is therefore expected to be no more than 35 consecutive days commencing with the correct receipt of all the paperwork (including all the copies of the application and plans to the Responsible Authorities) and the associated fee.
If a valid representation against one of the four licensing objectives is received from any of the Responsible Authorities or any Interested Parties, the applicant will be notified and we must hold a hearing to consider the representation/s.
The Committee would consider if the application promotes the four licensing objectives and the burden would be on the Responsible Authority, or any Interested Parties to demonstrate to the committee that they believe it does not. In this case, the committee could either reject the application for a premises licence variation, or grant the premises licence variation with restrictions (timings, conditions etc). Otherwise, the premises licence variation would be granted as requested.
A right of appeal exists to the Magistrates' Court for all parties involved, including the applicant, Responsible Authorities and Interested Parties, however, it must be lodged with the Court within 21 consecutive days of the date of the notice of the decision.
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