Premises Licence Licence objections

Published on November 2nd, 2012 | by Dean Carr


Licence objections and hearings

A licence hearing is hosted by the licensing committee of a licensing authority. A hearing can result from an objection to a premises licence or personal licence application, or from the review of an existing premises licence.

A hearing usually occurs as a result of a premises licence application. In 2011/12, 3,375 premises licence applications and 612 personal licence applications went to a committee hearing.

The processes and terminology laid out in the Licensing Act 2003 can be confusing, so we have broken it all down in this article.

A contested premises licence application:

• A formal objection to a premises licence application is known as a representation.
• If a representation is made, a licensing authority must hold a hearing to consider the contested premises licence application.
• Representations may be made by responsible authorities or “other persons”- residents or businesses in the vicinity of the premises.

A contested personal licence application:

• A formal objection to a premises licence application is known as an objection
• A licensing authority must hold a hearing to consider contested personal licence applications.
• Only the Police can object to a personal licence application.

A review of an existing premises licence:

• An existing premises licence may be called into question, resulting in a review of licence by the licensing authority. The term “review of licence” refers specifically to this process.
• A hearing will be held by a licensing authority as part of the review.
• A responsible authority or “other persons” may apply for a review of a premises licence.

Source of statistics: Home Office: Alcohol and Late Night Refreshment Licensing Statistics, 2011/12


About the Author

Dean Carr

Dean has been involved in alcohol licensing for over 20 years and has helped many independent retailers and corporate clients obtain a licence to sell alcohol or offer late night refreshment, regulated entertainment from all sorts of premises. Dean writes articles for various trade related blogs and is currently Managing Director of the PLT group of companies who run APLH and SCPLH personal alcohol licence courses nationwide. You can contact Dean or a member of his expert licensing team on: 01242 222 188

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