Objecting to a licence application

Interested parties can make representations (objections) when an application has been made. Applications can be viewed through our Public Access.

Interested parties are:

  • locally elected members
  • any other person

Making a representation

Representations must be made in writing and include your full name and address. You can make an objecttion by using our form, or by emailing us directly quoting the application reference. Copies of all valid representations will be supplied to the applicant and will also comprise part of the public papers for the Licensing Panel hearing. 

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has also written some guidance notes that may help you to make your representations.

Representations have to be made within the period of consultation.  This lasts for 28 days and starts on the day after a licence application is received.

What happens next

Your representation will be considered for its relevance.

A representation is considered relevant if:

  • it is made by an interested party
  • it has not been withdrawn
  • it is not seen to be 'repetitious, frivolous or vexatious'
  • it is received within the consultation period of 28 days
  • it relates to one more of the licensing objectives (see below)

Licensing objectives

  • Prevention of public nuisance
  • Public safety
  • The prevention of crime or disorder
  • The protection of children from harm

If a relevant representation is received, the licence application is referred to the licensing sub-committee.

If you do not agree with the decision that the licensing committee makes:

You have a right of appeal to the magistrates' court. If you are not sure of what the best course of action is for you, we would recommend that you seek professional advice.