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How to make a representation

Representations must be made in writing and can be emailed to

Please remember to include your full name and postal address including the postcode. Representations must be received by the licensing authority by the closing date.

Relevant representations

For representations to be relevant they must relate to at least one of the licensing objectives. The 4 licensing objectives are:

  • the prevention of crime and disorder
  • public safety
  • the prevention of public nuisance
  • the protection of children from harm

If any person is concerned that granting a licence in the terms it has been applied for, is likely to have an adverse effect on the promotion of one or more of these objectives, they have 28 consecutive days to make a representation to the council. This starts on the day after the day on which the application was given to the council.


It is helpful if the representations or requests for reviews are specific to the premises and based on evidence. You may wish to keep a record of problems by keeping a diary with dates and times. This could include photographic evidence of any incidents.

If the matter goes to a hearing, the councillors at the hearing will need to be satisfied that there is an evidential and causal link between the representations made and the effect on the licensing objectives. Within your representation you may wish to suggest amendments or a compromise to the application for the applicant to consider.

Please remember that any representation must be factually correct. It is an offence to knowingly or recklessly make a false statement in connection with an application and the maximum fine for which a person is liable on summary conviction for such an offence is £5,000.

The licensing authority can only consider representations or requests that are not 'vexatious' or 'frivolous'.

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