Making a representation or reviewing a premises licence

Who can make a representation?

All applications for new licences or club certificates, or to vary existing licences or certificates are subject to public consultation. Any person is entitled to make a representation in respect of the application whether or not they live in the vicinity of the premises.

How do I find out about applications?

  • public notices will be displayed at or near any premises which are the subject of the licence application
  • check the local newspapers
  • via our PublicAccess database

How do I make a representation?

Your representation must be made in writing to the licensing manager and must relate to at least one of the licensing objectives.

We’re required to provide applicants with copies of all relevant representations that have been made in respect of their application. Applicants will therefore receive a full copy of your representation including your personal information.

You’ll be invited to attend a public hearing where the application will be determined.

You have 28 days after an application is submitted to the Licensing Authority to lodge your representation. 

Your representation must be made in writing to the Licensing Manager and must relate to one or more of the licensing objectives:

-           The prevention of crime and disorder

-           The prevention of public nuisance

-           Public safety

-           The protection of children from harm

 If your comments do not relate to any of these objectives it cannot be considered

Read our guidance notes for more information.

How do I make a complaint?

If you wish to make a complaint about a licensed premises, or report unlicensed activities or breaches of the terms and conditions of a licence, please contact us.

If a licensed premises has been causing issues for a prolonged period, you may wish to request a review of the licence.

See our guidance on requesting a review of a premises’ licence.

Application for the review of a premise licence or club premise certificate  

For more information please complete our online contact form.

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