Making a representation

Important Information

At present we encourage all representations to applications where possible be made online via our licensing register or by email to to reduce the risk that the may not be received by the authority.

Licensing Act 2003

You can make a representation supporting or objecting to a licence application. Any representation made must address one or more of the following ‘licensing objectives’:

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

You may also make general comments or request further information. Comments received on licence applications will not be published routinely on this website. We will invite you to attend a hearing in person if the licence application goes to our Licensing Sub-Committee. Where a licence application is considered by the Licensing Sub-Committee your comments will be published with the papers for that hearing. Personal contact details such as email addresses and telephone numbers will be removed from the published version of the document. The committee papers and minutes of the committee hearing will be published on the internet and will include your name, and may also include your street name (but not house number). Read making representations to an application (pdf 79KB).

Where an application is unopposed, the council must grant the licence as applied for, subject to conditions which are consistent with the applicant’s operating schedule and which are necessary to promote the licensing objectives. Applications which are opposed are referred to the council’s Licensing Sub Committee for consideration.

To find out about applications which may affect you, you can:

If you are experiencing problems with a licensed premises, read reviewing a premises licence/club premises certificate (pdf 205KB).

The following additional guidance notes and information are available:

Guidance notes produced by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Home Office

Gambling Act 2005

You can make a representation supporting or objecting to a gambling premises application for the following types of premises licences:

  • casino premises
  • bingo premises
  • betting premises, including tracks and premises used by betting intermediaries
  • adult gaming centre premises (for category C and D machines)
  • family entertainment centre premises (for category C and D machines) (note that, separate to this category, the licensing authority may issue family entertainment centre gaming machine permits, which authorise the use of category D machines only).

Any representation made must address one or more of  following three objectives:

  • preventing gambling from being a source of crime and disorder, being associated with crime and disorder, or being used to support crime
  • ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way
  • protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.

We will decide each case individually. We will not apply a strict rule when making decisions. We will consider the examples of considerations provided in the Gambling Commission’s guidance for local authorities.

To find out about applications which may affect you, you can:

Further information can be found in our Statement of Gambling Policy and the Gambling Commission's website.

Other licensing functions

The licensing team also deal with various other types of licences and registrations including sex shops, scrap metal and the use of premises for marriages and civil partnerships. For further information on these or any other types of licences please have a look at the applicants and businesses page or contact the licensing team.