How to make a Representation (objection) to an Application

Where an applicant makes an application for a Premises Licence/Club Premises Certificate or wishes to vary the conditions of their current licence, interested parties can make representations.

Interested parties are:

  • persons who are likely to be affected by the application
  • residents
  • residents' associations
  • businesses
  • representatives of an organisation or body

These individuals and bodies are entitled to make representations on applications for licences.  They may also nominate a representative who can act on their behalf, for example a legal representative, friend or local ward councillor.

The representations must be related to one of the four licensing objectives:

  • The Prevention of Crime and Disorder
  • Public Safety
  • The Prevention of Public Nuisance
  • The Protection of Children from Harm

Interested parties will be made aware of the application through notices displayed at the premises and a public notice in the local paper and on the Councils website (under Recent applications).  The notices will include the relevant information and detail the time limits for representations to be made and where the full application can be viewed.

Similar procedures apply in the event of a review of a licence.

If you wish to make a representation in relation to a licence application you may do so by using the form under related documents on this page.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport have produced guidance on how to make a representation.  They have also produced a 'Jargon Buster' which explains some of the common terms used.  Both documents can be found under related documents on this page.

Appealing a Licensing Decision

Interested Parties that made relevant representations during the application stage, have the right to appeal against a licensing authority's decision.   Guidance and information on appeal licensing decisions can be found under related documents on this page.

Appeals in West Somerset should be made to the Magistrates Court, Saint John's Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4AW. 

Further information

Further information can be obtained from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport website relating to representations and information for local residents.

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