Minor variations

Small changes can be made to a premises licence or club premises certificate using the minor variation process, which is cheaper, easier and quicker than the full variation process.

A minor variation is defined as one that could not impact adversely on any of the four licensing objectives and may be used for: 

  • small changes to the structure or layout of a premises
  • the addition of authorisation for late night refreshment or regulated entertainment, e.g. performance of plays or film exhibitions
  • small changes to licensing hours (see below for changes that relate to alcohol);
  • revisions, removals and additions of conditions which could include the removal or amendment of out of date, irrelevant or unenforceable conditions, or the addition of volunteered conditions

The minor variations process cannot be used to:

  • 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).

The fee for a minor variation is £89 which must be included with your application.

Apply for a minor variation to a premises licence or club premises certificate in MS Word format

Under the minor variation process applicants are not required to advertise the variation in a newspaper or copy it to responsible authorities.

However, it must be displayed on a white notice to distinguish it from the blue notice used for full variations and new applications and the notice must comply with the requirements set out in regulation 26A of the Licensing Act 2003 (Premises licences and club premises certificates) Regulations 2005.

View a sample minor variation advert (pdf)

The notice must be displayed for ten working days starting on the working day after the minor variation application was given to the licensing authority.


Email environment.licensing@newport.gov.uk or contact Newport City Council and ask for the licensing team.