Once a premises licence or club premises certificate is in operation, a responsible authority or an interested party may request a review.
Residents living in the vicinity
A body representing residents in the vicinity
Businesses in the vicinity
A body representing businesses in the vicinity
A member of the relevant licensing authority (ie, an elected councillor)
Requesting a Review
A request for a review must be based on the licensing objectives, which are;
- prevention of crime and disorder
- prevention of public nuisance
- public safety
- protection of children from harm
A request for a review must be made on the standard form, which can be downloaded from the Application Forms section of this web site. The applicant must send a copy of the application to the holder of the licence and all of the responsible authorities on the same day as the application is sent to the Licensing Authority. In Leicester, the only responsible authorities a review applicant needs to serve are the Police and the Fire & Rescue Service, as all other responsible authorities will be notified by the Licensing Authority Office. (For contact details please see 'Responsible authorities').
What happens next?
Once a valid request has been received, the Licensing Authority must advertise the request by posting notices
During the following 28 days, the licence holder, a responsible authority or an interested party may make representations to the Licensing Authority regarding the review.
The Licensing Authority must hold a hearing to determine what action should be taken. The possible outcomes are;
- Do nothing
- Modify conditions
- Exclude a licensable activity
- Remove Designated Premises Supervisor
- Suspend licence for up to 3 months
- Revoke licence
If the Authority decides to reject the review application it may issue an informal warning to the licence holder and/or recommend improvement within a particular period of time.
The Licensing Authority must notify the licence holder, the applicant for the review, any person or body who made a representation and the Chief Officer of Police of the outcome of the review. The outcome of the review will not begin to take effect until at least 21 days after the decision is notified, to allow for any appeal to be made to the Magistrates' Court.
The government has produced a guide for interested parties who wish to apply for a review. This is available from the link below.