Make changes to your operating licence
You will need to tell us if something changes with your business. Some changes require a new version of your licence to be issued. If this happens you may also need to pay a fee.
Changes that affect your licence:
- adding or removing a licensed activity
- amending a licensed activity category up or down
- changing your head office address
- changing your operating name
- adding or removing trading names
- adding or removing someone from your licence (schedule X or schedule Y)
- adding, changing or removing a condition
Adding or removing a key person also requires a key event to be submitted.
Applications to vary an operating licence can take up to eight weeks to process, providing all required information is submitted with the application and all fees are paid. Fees can be paid using a credit or debit card when you submit your application.
Changes you can make online
You can make most changes online in eServices and pay any fees using a credit or debit card (except American Express). In some cases your licence is issued when the changes are made and the fees are paid.
|Changing your head office address||£40 per licence|
|Adding or removing trading names||£40 per licence|
|Adding a licensed activity||25% of standard licence application fee|
|Fee category increase or decrease||£40|
|Removing a licensed activity||£40|
|Change of operating name||£40 per licence|
These changes do not require a fee to be paid:
- adding or removing domain names
- changing your business registered address
- changing your business correspondence address
- changing your email address and or eServices password
Changes to addresses
Head Office and Trading name address changes
Changes to the Head Office and trading names will result in a new licence being issued.
Registered and correspondence address changes
You can use eServices to change your registered and correspondence addresses. Your correspondence address must be based in the United Kingdom. We will use this address to communicate with you. You should only make this change once you have moved address.
Changes that effect your operating licence
Trading name changes
It is your responsibility to ensure that any proposed domain or trading name is considered socially responsible and is compliant with legislative and regulatory requirements including:
- the Licence Conditions and Code of Practice and any applicable guidance
- the Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP)
- Broadcast of Committees of Advertising Practice (BCAP).
Trading names also need to be compliant with the Companies Act 2006 (opens in new tab).
Adding a licensed activity
You can add new licence activities to yout existing licence. You must make sure that you have all documentation before submitting your application.
If you want to add an additional licence e.g. if you hold a non-remote operating licence only and are intending to add remote activities, you will need to submit a new operating licence application.
Changes to your fee category
If you need to increase your fee category by 2 or more categories, then you will need to include a business plan along with 3 years financial projections.
If you need to decrease your fee category you will need to provide a full explanation of why.
Changes that cannot be made online
There are some changes that cannot be done online.
|Changing of corporate control||See guidance|
|Change of legal entity||See guidance|
|Add, change or remove a condition||Condition relates to one licensed activity:
25% of application fee for the activity to which the condition relates.
Condition relates to multiple licensed activities:
25% of the highest application fee payable for the activities to which the condition relates.
|Changes to schedule X or schedule Y||Adding a person:
£160 per person per licence. Where multiple licences are held, a £40 fee will be charged for any additional licences.
Where the person to be added is already approved £40 per person per licence
Removing a person:
£40 per person per licence
Some changes should not be made if you are undergoing enhanced compliance or other regulatory investigation without notifying the Compliance and or Enforcement team before making the change.
- registered address
- correspondence address
- domain name changes
- head office address
- trading name changes
You will need to submit these changes using the operating licence variation application form.
You will need to pay any fees for your application using BACS/Faster Payments which you can find on the paying fees page.
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Last updated: 3 September 2021
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