Making a representation to a premises licence application

Licensing Committee hearings

If you make representations then you will be required to give notice to the licensing authority at least 5 working days before the start of the hearing, stating:

  • whether you will attend the hearing in person
  • whether you will be represented by someone else (e.g. councillor / MP / lawyer)
  • whether you think that a hearing is unnecessary (if, for example you have come to an agreement before the formal hearing)
  • if you want another person to appear at the hearing (not to represent you), and request for permission for the person to attend, and details of their name and how they may be able to assist the authority in relation to the application

You must let the licensing authority know as soon as possible (by a notice no later than 24 hours before the start of a hearing, or orally at the hearing) if you wish to withdraw their representation.

Hearings will generally be held in public, unless the licensing authority decides it is in the public interest to hold all, or part of the hearing in private. The licensing authority shall ensure that a record is taken of the hearing.

Hearings will normally take the form of a discussion and will be led by the licensing authority, which will consist of 3 local authority elected councillors (this will be the licensing sub-committee drawn from a full licensing committee of 10-15 councillors). The licensing authority will explain the procedure to be followed. It will determine any request for additional persons to appear at the hearing. It will consider evidence produced in support before the hearing and can consider evidence produced by a party at the hearing, but only if all parties agree. Further evidence can also be produced if this was sought for clarification of an issue by the authority before the hearing. Cross-examination of one party by another during a hearing is not allowed, unless the licensing authority thinks it necessary. The parties are entitled to address the authority and will be allowed equal time to address the authority and, if they have been given permission by the authority to do so, they will be given equal time to ask any questions of any other party. The authority will disregard any information it considers to be irrelevant.

Please note: a hearing can still go ahead in the absence of any party (e.g. - applicant or interested party)