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Comment on an licence application

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.

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.

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