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Apply for a review of a premises licence

A person (for example a local resident or business owner) or a responsible authority can apply to review a premises licence or club premises certificate at any time.

A review will let you raise any concerns you have about a premises. Relevant comments should relate to one of the 4 licensing objectives:

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

How to apply

  • Complete the application form
  • There is no fee for submitting a review application.
  • You must send a copy to the premises licence holder and the responsible authorities (hyperlink to responsible authorities – link on premises application page)

What happens next

We will reject any review request if we consider it to be:

  • Vexatious – if a representation is made that is considered by the Licensing Authority to have arisen purely to cause annoyance.
  • Frivolous -if a representation is made that is considered by the Licensing Authority to clearly lack seriousness.
  • Repetitious – if a representation is made that is considered by the Licensing Authority to be identical or substantially similar to:
    • A ground for review in an earlier application, which has already been determined.
    • Representations considered by the Licensing Authority when the Premises Licence is first granted.
    • Representations made when the application for the Licence was first made and were excluded because of the prior issue of a provisional statement. -In addition to the above ground, a reasonable interval has not elapsed since any earlier review or the grant of a Licence.

Determining applications

There is a statutory 28-day consultation period during which representations can be made both in favour, or against an application.  The Licensing Authority will publish a site notice at the premises and advertise the application on their website.

We’ll hold a hearing within 20 working days after the representation period ends.

The decision

After the committee has heard all parties it will make its decision. The Licensing Committee may:

  • Leave the premises licence unchanged
  • Modify conditions/hours on the licence
  • Remove a licensable activity
  • Remove the Designated Premises Supervisor
  • Suspend the premises licence
  • Revoke the premises licence

This decision is usually made at the time of the hearing. This will be confirmed in writing with the reasons for the decision along with information on what you need to do if you want to appeal.


The applicant, licence holder and anyone making representations can appeal to the local magistrates’ court if they are dissatisfied with the decision.  The parties can do this by writing to HMCTS Gloucestershire, PO Box 9051, Gloucester, GL1 2XG.