What happens after I have submitted my application for a premises licence?

The Responsible Authorities or any other person are entitled to make a representation about an application, providing it is relevant to one or more of the four licensing objectives, which are:

  1. The prevention of crime and disorder;
  2. Public safety;
  3. Prevention of public nuisance; and
  4. The protection of children from harm.

Any representations must be submitted to the council within a period of 28 consecutive days, starting on the day after the day on which the application was received.

If any representations are made in respect of the application, a hearing must be held by the Council's Licensing Sub Committee.  The Sub Committe will then determine whether the licence is to be granted (or granted subject to additional conditions, licensable activities listed in the application can be excluded) or whether the application is to be refused.

The Chief of Police can give a notice to the licensing authority if they believe that the transfer of a licence to another, under a variation application could undermine crime prevention objectives.  Such a notice must be given within 14 days of receiving notification of the application.

Licensing Services will serve a notice of its decision on the applicant, any person who has made relevant representations (i.e. representations that were not deemed frivolous or vexatious) and the Chief of Police.

If no relevant representations are received against your application, it will be granted as applied for upon completion of the consultation period.

How long will it take to process my application?

Tacit consent applies.  This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the 60 day target completion period.

Can I appeal against a decision?

Please contact Licensing Services in the first instance.

A licence holder/applicant may appeal against a decision to:

  • refuse an application for the grant of a licence;
  • refuse an application to vary a licence;
  • refuse an application to transfer a licence;
  • attach conditions to a licence;
  • exclude an activity; or
  • exclude a person as premises supervisor.

If an application is made by the Chief of Police, as detailed below, and interim steps are taken by the licensing authority a licence holder may make representations.  A hearing must be held within 48 hours of your representations.

An interested party or relevant authority who made relevant representations may appeal against the granting of a licence or against any condition, variation, licensable activity or premises supervisor decisions.

If you wish to appeal a Council decision, you can apply to Bath Magistrates’ Court within 21 days of being notified of the decision.

Relevant Legislation?

Licensing Act 2003

Trade Associations

Customer Complaints

The Chief of Police can apply to the licensing authority for a review of the licence if the premises are licensed to sell alcohol by retail and a senior officer has given a certificate that they are of the opinion that the premises are associated with either serious crime or disorder or both.  A hearing will be held and the licence holder and other interested parties may make representations.

If you believe a premises does not have a licence or is operating in breach of its licence, please contact Licensing Services.

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