Late Night Levy

From 1st April 2017 all premises in Liverpool licensed to supply alcohol at any time between midnight and 6am on one or more days of the year will need to pay a Late Night Levy, unless they are included in the list of premises that are exempt below.

70 per cent of the 'net' collected levy will be paid to the Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner.

Who will be charged?

Bars, pubs and clubs with a premises licence, or club premises certificate, that allows them to sell alcohol at any time between midnight and 6am one or more days of the year will need to pay a Late Night Levy, unless they are included in the list of premises that are exempt below.

How much is the levy?

The amount of the levy is set by the government and is between £299 and £4,440 each year, depending on the rateable value of the premises.

How do I pay?

If you hold a premises licence or club premises certificate, we will write to you in December 2016 to give you formal notice that you will be required to pay the levy - along with the amount you will need to pay, and how and when to pay. 

Which premises are exempt?

The following types of premises will not have to pay the levy:

  • Premises authorised to supply alcohol for consumption on the premises between midnight and 6am hours only on New Year’s Day.
  • Premises where the ratepayer already pays a BID levy which is imposed in order to reduce or prevent crime and disorder between the hours of midnight and 6am in the area.

Can I appeal?

If you believe our records are incorrect and you should not have to pay the levy, please email us at licensingAct2003@liverpool.gov.uk, explaining your reasons in full, as soon as you receive the letter from us in December 2016.

Applying to vary your licensing hours

We understand that you may choose to apply to reduce the hours you are licensed to supply alcohol for so that the levy no longer applies to you. If you choose to do this, we will not charge you to vary your licence conditions. Find out how to apply to vary your licensing hours free of charge via our minor variation process. 

Please note: We must receive your application by 31st January 2017 in order for the free minor variation to be approved by 1st April 2017. If your application is not approved before 1st April 2017 you will be required to pay the late night levy for the year 2017-18.

Further information