Minor Variation

A minor variation makes it possible to make small changes to your premises licence or club premises certificate without completing an application to vary the premises licence.

To determine whether a proposed variation is 'minor' depends on whether it could impact adversely on any of the four licensing objectives.

A minor variation can be applied for changes such as:

  • 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 (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 This could include the removal or amendment of out of date, irrelevant or unenforceable conditions, or the addition of volunteered conditions.

A minor variation cannot be used to:

  • 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

Documents required

  • Current plan of the premises 
  • New plan of the premises (if the variation will affect the layout of the premies)
  • Photo's of your white notice (this will be reqested after the application has been served)
  • A copy of the Premises or Club licence     

If you can't provide all relevant documentation at the time of aplying your application will be rejected.


The fee is £89.00 


  1. Select Licensing from the "all categories" drop down menu
  2. Select apply
  3. Select Premises Licence - Variation/Amendment/Copy
  4. Make your payment
  5. You should note the receipt reference as this will be required on the form

Next steps

Once recieved your application will be forwarded to Environmental Health, Environmental Protection, Trading Standards Planning, Home Office, Greater Manchester Fire and Greater Manchester Police, who have 10 working days beginning with the day on which they are notified of the application in which to submit a representation.

Should there be no representation to the application the application will be granted and the amended licence issued to you in due course.

How to apply

You can apply online. 

Apply online