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Object to a licence application

We process applications made under the Licensing Act 2003, for alcohol, regulated entertainment and late night refreshment to be provided at certain premises.

For some types of applications, there are representation periods where members of the public can submit a formal representation against the application. This could be like an objection to the application or be in support of it. Applications which members of the public can make representations against are:

  • Grant of a premises licence or club premises certificate
  • Variation of a premises licence or club premises certificate
  • Review of a premises licence or club premises certificate
  • Minor variation of a premises licence or club premises certificate

The representation period for these application types is 28 days, except for minor variation, which is 10 working days. These periods begin on the day after the application is received by us.

Making a representation

For a representation to be considered, it must relate to one or more of the four licensing objectives, which are:

  • Prevent crime and disorder
  • Prevent public nuisance
  • Protect children from harm
  • Public safety

Representations will not be considered if they are frivolous or vexatious. This might generally be where the representation has no justification and is intended to aggravate the applicant.

If you want to make a representation, you should include evidence where possible, and/or explain what the likely effects of the granting of an application will be. If there are any changes which could be made to the application which would make you feel happier, such as reducing the operating hours or a particular licence condition, it is helpful to say and be specific. You will need to provide your name, address and contact details.

Once a representation is made

If you make a representation against a grant, variation or review application, you will be invited to attend a formal hearing at which the outcome of the application will be decided by three elected members. Your representation will form part of a formal report, which will be published on this website for the public to read.

The hearing is a public meeting, in which you would be invited to speak and ask questions of the applicant. The applicant is able to do the same.

Before a hearing is held, you will be asked about mediating with the applicant, to see if any common ground can be reached. If a hearing is not necessary, it will be cancelled and, if appropriate, changes can be made to the application instead.