Applications must be in a specific format and be accompanied by any required fee, with an operating schedule, a plan of the premises and a form of consent from the Premises Supervisor (for applications where the sale of alcohol will be a licensable activity).
An operating schedule will include details of:
- the licensable activities
- the times when the activities will take place
- any other times when the premises will be open to the public
- in the case of applicants who wish to have a limited licence, the period the licence is required for
- information in respect of the premises supervisor
- whether any alcohol that is to be sold is for consumption on or of the premises or both
- the steps proposed to be taken to promote the licensing objectives
- any other required information
Applicants will be required to advertise their application and to give notice of the application to any other person or responsible authority e.g. the local authority, chief police officer or fire and rescue authority. We will advertise the application on our website.
We must grant the application, which can be subject to conditions, unless any relevant representations are received. A hearing must be held if representations are made in respect of the application. If a hearing is held, the licence may be granted or granted subject to additional conditions. Licensable activities listed in the application can be excluded or the application can be rejected.
We will serve a notice of our decision on the applicant, any person who has made relevant representations (i.e. representations that were not deemed frivolous or vexatious) and the police.
Applications can also be made to vary or transfer a licence. A hearing may have to be heard if representations are made or conditions relating to a transfer are not met.
Other applications that can be made are applications for an interim authority notice following the death, incapacity or insolvency of a licence holder or review applications.
Will tacit consent apply?
Yes. 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 target completion period.
The appeal process
If your application is rejected, or if you are unhappy with any decision made at a sub-committee hearing, you have the right to appeal. You may also appeal against any condition applied to your licence if you feel that it is not appropriate or clear.
Any appeal must be made to the local magistrates court within 21 days of you being notified of the decision. A fee may be payable. The appeal process is also available to anyone who made representations, including the responsible authorities.