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Make a representation, review or appeal a premises licence

Make a representation, review or appeal a premises licence

How to make a representation, ask for a review or appeal a premises licence or club premises certificate

You can:
•    make a representation to an application that has not yet been granted
•    ask for a review of a premises licence or a club premises certificate
•    appeal a decision if you have previously commented on the application

Objections to applications are called representations.

Make a representation or ask for a review 

Representations to or reviews of a premises licence or club premises certificate must be based on at least one of the licensing objectives:

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

How to make a representation to an application

Read our information for local residents making representations to applications (pdf, 47k) (opens new window)

You must make representations within 28 days after the application has been submitted. You’ll need to write to us with your comments.

Your details will be made public. You must include your name and address.  You can:

What happens next

When we get your representation; the application will go to the licensing committee  who’ll decide if it can be granted or not.  The premises licence or club premises certificate applicant will also be given a copy of your comments.

A hearing notice will be sent to you telling you the time, date and where the hearing will be. You don’t have to attend a hearing but the notice will ask if:

  • you’ll attend the hearing
  • you want to nominate someone else to attend the hearing on your behalf

At the hearing you’ll be able to speak about your representation. 

The licensing committee can:

  • grant the application as applied for
  • grant the application with extra conditions or reduced times for licensable activities
  • refuse the application

A decision notice will be produced with details of the outcome and list the conditions if granted.  A copy of the notice will be sent to anyone who makes a representation. You can appeal the decision.  

Ask for a review of a premises licence or a club premises certificate

Read our Information for local residents on how to submit an application for the review of a premises licence or club premises certificate (pdf, 194k) (opens new window) (opens new window)

Fill in and return the review of a premises licence or club premises certificate form (pdf, 284k) (opens new window)

A relevant person or responsible authority may apply to have a premises licence or club premises certificate reviewed by us.  

What happens next

When we get the application for review we’ll display a site notice for 28 days at the premises.  The notice gives details of the review and how to make a representation. 
The licensing committee will review the application at a review hearing.

10 working days before the review will be held a hearing notice giving details of the review hearing will be sent to the premises licence holder, the applicant asking for a review and any others who have made representations.

A hearing will be held within 20 working days of the last date when representations can be made. 

The licensing committee may decide to:

  • revoke the licence
  • amend the licence by adding extra conditions or reduce the time for licensable activities
  • make no changes

A decision notice will be produced with details of the outcome.  A copy of the notice will be sent to the applicant and any others who have made representations. You can appeal the decision.  

Appeal a decision on a premises licence or club premises certificate

You can only appeal a decision if you’ve previously made a representation on an application.

Any person or relevant person or responsible authority who has commented on an application may appeal against:

  • granting of a licence
  • conditions on the licence
  • variation of the licence
  • licensable activity
  • premises supervisor decisions

You’ll need to write to Bristol Magistrates Court to appeal the decision within 21 days of receiving the notice of decision.  There is a fee to appeal.

Appeal against decisions on your own premises licence or provisional statement application

You’ll need to write to Bristol Magistrates Court to appeal the decision within 21 days of receiving the notice of decision.  There is a fee to appeal.

You can appeal a decision to:

  • refuse your licence application
  • reject a variation application
  • reject a transfer application
  • exclude an activity 
  • exclude a person as a premises supervisor
  • attach conditions to a licence