Complying with new liqueur licensing laws will cost up to £400m for pubs, restaurants, hotels and off-licences according to industry estimates, The Times reports. Those businesses that were able to meet the Saturday, 6 August deadline for the transfer of existing licences face an average bill of between £1,000 and £2,000. Demands by some local authorities have driven the cost even higher. The new regime, which will come into force on November 24, will see the responsibility for administering licences from magistrates’ courts to local authorities. The fees vary according to rateable value, size and location. There is a one-off fee of up to £635 with an annual renewal fee of between £70 and £350. A personal licence costs £37. The biggest town and city venues could end up paying two or three times as much, almost £2,000 for the licence and more than £1,000 to renew it.