Representations to Licensing Act 2003 Applications

Representations can be made for or against applications for a premises licence or club premises certificate by a responsible authority or any other person. They may also be made as part of an application for a review of a premises licence or club premises certificate.

Representations must be made in the 28 day period starting the day after the application is given to the licensing authority.

On 25 April 2012, changes were made to the Licensing Act 2003. There is no longer a ‘vicinity’ test and any person can make a representation to a licence application. However any such representation must still relate to one or more of the licensing objectives and must not be frivolous or vexatious.

  • Relevant Representations

    Only representations that relate to one or more of the four licensing objectives can be considered. The licensing objectives are:

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

    Representations must clearly set out the likely effects the grant or variation of the licence would have on the promotion of at least one of the licensing objectives, and must clearly relate to the premises for which application is being made.

    The Act requires the Council to disregard representations that are considered to be frivolous or vexatious.

    Relevant representations will normally result in a hearing by the Licensing Sub Committee to determine the application. Only persons who have made a relevant representation are entitled to address the Sub Committee.

    Please note that relevant representations will form part of a public document which will include your name and address and will appear on this website. Anonymous representations will be disregarded.

    Representations should be sent to or to the following address:-

    Licensing Section
    Winchester City Council
    City Offices
    Colebrook Street
    SO23 9LJ