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Information about making Objections and Representations to licensing applications

The Licensing Act 2003 allows local people to give their views on licensing decisions that may affect them, as well as ensuring that professionals such as the police, fire authorities, trading standards and environmental health officers are able to scrutinise applications and take action if problems occur.

The Act allows local views to be taken into account in the form of 'representations' when someone first applies for a licence or certificate to carry out a licensable activity such as selling alcohol, providing regulated entertainment or providing late night refreshment.

Where a licence is already in place, it also allows local people to request a review of a licence or certificate of any licensed premises that may be causing problems such as noise or other disturbances.

What are grounds for making a representation?

If you wish to make a representation on any application, you must be able to demonstrate that the granting of it would undermine one or more of the four licensing objectives:

  • the prevention of crime and disorder
  • public safety
  • the prevention of public nuisance
  • the protection of children from harm.

In addition, at any stage following the grant of a Premises Licence, a responsible authority such as the police or fire service, or an interested party such as a nearby resident or business, may ask the licensing authority to review the licence because of problems in connection with any of the four licensing objectives.

How do I make a representation?

The links on the right provide information on making representations about an application and making an application for review if you experience problems from licensed premises.

It also provides details on how to appeal against decisions of the licensing authority if you are dissatisfied with the outcome of a hearing.

Representations must be made in writing to the Licensing Team. It is an offence knowingly or recklessly to make a false statement in connection with an application and the maximum fine for which a person is liable on summary conviction for the offence being £5,000.

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