Comment on an licence application and view the register
Before you start
Representations can be either for or against the proposals in an application.
- be made in writing
- 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
Representations 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.
You can contact us to discuss the issues with an application before submitting any representations.
View the register and comment on an application
East Dorset register
You can view current applications and make representations by searching the register. The register is also available for inspection at Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Christchurch, BH23 1AZ during office hours.
North Dorset, West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland register
You can view current applications and make representations by searching the register. You will need to register first to make comments. The register is also available for inspection at South Walks House, South Walks Road, Dorchester DT1 1UZ during office hours.
The register is available for inspection at Westport House, Worgret Road, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 4PP during office hours. Contact us to comment on an application.
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.
Submit a review application
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.