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Reviewing a premises licence

Where problems associated with the licensing objectives occur at licensed premises, responsible authorities and/or interested parties may call for a review of the premises licence or club premises certificate.

Examples of issues which may trigger a review are problems with underage drinking on the premises or nuisance being caused to local residents from excessively loud music. Any serious or regular breach of conditions attached to a premises licence could also lead to a review of the licence. 

Who may request a review of a premises licence/club premises certificate

  • Responsible authorities such as the police, fire service or environmental protection team.
  • Interested parties ie persons living or carrying on business within the vicinity of the premises.
  • A member of the club to which the club premises certificate relates.

In addition, a review of the licence will normally follow any closure order obtained by the police in respect of the premises.

When can I apply

You may apply anytime following the grant of a premises licence/club premises certificate but, if you have previously made similar representations regarding the premises eg when the licence was granted or at a previous review, a reasonable time must elapse before you make your application.

How do I apply

You must complete and send to us a form of application for the review of a premises licence or club premises certificate under the Licensing Act 2003. Forms are available from your local Licensing Team, or you can download a form below.

The grounds of your application must relate to one or more of the four licensing objectives:

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

Important
You must send a copy of your application including all accompanying documents (if any) to the premises licence holder and to each of the responsible authorities for Cheshire West and Chester Council. You must do this on the same day as you send your application to us. A list of names and addresses for the responsible bodies can be found on this website.

What about advertising my application

The licensing authority must advertise details of your application for a review of the premises licence/club premises certificate.

We must display a notice at the premises to which the application relates for not less than 28 days, beginning on the day after you make your application to us. We must also display a notice at our offices and may also publish details of your application on our website.

What happens next?

The premises licence holder, responsible authorities and interested parties can make representations to us about your application. We will hold a hearing to consider them. We will also tell you when the hearing will take place and what you need to do to prepare for it.

At the hearing, the Licensing Board will decide to take one of the following courses of action: 

  • decide that no action is necessary
  • issue an informal warning and/or recommend improvements within a particular time
  • modify the conditions of the licence such as reduce the opening hours of the premises or require door supervisors and/or CCTV
  • exclude a licensable activity from the scope of the licence
  • remove the designated premises supervisor
  • suspend the licence for a period not exceeding three months
  • revoke the licence

Can the premises licence holder appeal?

The applicant for the review, the premises licence holder and any person who submitted a representation all have a right of appeal against our decision.

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