Comments can be either for or against the proposals in an application.

Comments must:

  • be made in writing to the relevant licensing area office
  • be received within the 28 day consultation period (this starts the day after the application has been received by us)
  • be based on one or more of the licensing objectives
  • state clearly the reason for objection and which licensing objective it relates to

The licensing objectives are:

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

Comments are not treated as confidential and your name and address will be included in the public report and be given to the applicant. If you wish don't want your details to be included, contact your local councillor or parish council who may be able to make representations on your behalf.

Licensing Office - East Dorset

Tel: 01202 228989
Full contact details

Licensing Office - North Dorset, West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland

Tel: 01305 838028
Full contact details

You can contact us to discuss the issues with an application before submitting any representations.

After you submit a comment

If we decide that your representation is not relevant, you will be advised of this and the reasons why.

If your representation is relevant, and can't be resolved through mediation, a hearing will be arranged so the application can be decided by the licensing sub-committee. You will be advised of the hearing at least 10 working days before the hearing is to take place and will be invited to attend. If you are unable to attend the hearing your written representation will be considered by the licensing sub-committee.

Any person that made a relevant representation can appeal against a decision to grant the licence, against any condition imposed, or decisions regarding variations, licensable activity/activities or premises supervisors. Appeals should be made to the Magistrates Court within 21 days of being notified of the licensing authority's decision.

Problems with a licensed premises

If you are experiencing problems with a licensed premises that can be linked to one or more licensing objectives, for example noise disturbances or anti-social behaviour, you may be able to submit a request for the licence to be reviewed. 

You must provide evidence of the problems that you are experiencing. We recommend that you contact us to discuss your concerns before submitting an application.

Submit a review of a licensed premises

If a review is held and you are unhappy with the outcome, any party to the review application may appeal the decision. Appeals should be made to the Magistrates Court within 21 days of being notified of the licensing authority's decision.

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