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Licensing pre-application advice service

Find out about the licensing pre-application advice service that we offer.

As of 1 April 2020, we are offering a pre-application advice service to people who are making a licensing application for:

Important guidance note

  • Any advice we give is for guidance only and the Licensing Service cannot set the outcome of any application submitted.
  • Payment must be made in advance by completing our licensing pre-application advice service payment form or calling 01483 505050 and paying by credit or debit card over the phone.
  • Draft applications may be submitted by completing our licensing pre-application advice service payment form or emailing regulatoryservices@guildford.gov.uk or by post to Regulatory Services, Guildford Borough Council Offices, Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford GU2 4BB, but no advice will be given until payment is received.
  • This service is not available once an application has been formally submitted and accepted as valid.

What level of service do you need? 

We have three levels of service available. See below to find out what each service includes and which one is right for your application.

Application checking service

Charge: £26.28

  • This is a pre-submission check. We will check there are no errors in your application and give you a list of anything missing. At this level of service we are not able to give you any advice on the application process or meet with you in person. A pre-submission check usually takes 3 working days.

Application advice service

Charge: £80

  • This is an application checking service and includes up to one hour of our officers' time. This is given either over the phone or at our Council offices and includes advice on the application process, form, plans and conditions. (It does not include a site visit.)
  • You will be given a short guidance report, which will include how your application can be submitted to meet the requirements and policy.
  • Extra licensing officer time is charged at £60 per hour, payable in advance.
  • The turn-around time for this service is 10 working days.

Full pre-application checking service

Charge: £241.19

  • The full pre-application checking service includes up to four hours of officer time, which will include a site visit/ meeting.
  • The meeting/site visit with our officers gives advice and helps you understand any potential issues that your application has. 
  • You will get written guidance on your application and how it could be submitted to meet requirements and policy.
  • Extra licensing officer time is charged at £60 per hour, payable in advance.
  • Extra environmental health officer time to offer specialist advice on public nuisance and public safety will be charged at £75 per hour, payable in advance.
  • The turn-around time for this service is 15 working days.

Further information

For more information, or to request a specific pre-application service, please contact Regulatory Services on 01483 505050 or by emailing regulatoryservices@guildford.gov.uk.

Privacy statement

We will not share your data with third parties except where necessary to process your application once it has been formally submitted or to prevent or detect crime.

Our licensing officers will only ask for the minimum personal information needed to provide this service.