- We will need to know all about your proposed business including:-
- Your opening hours.
- The times you will be selling alcohol/providing entertainment.
- Whether you are selling alcohol for consumption on or off the premises, or both.
- The types of entertainment you will provide.
- What steps you plan to take to promote the four Licensing Objectives (prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, prevention of public nuisance, protection of children from harm).
- Details of your proposed Designated Premises Supervisor (the person in day to day control).
- A plan of the premises, which meets the Licensing Act requirements.
We can then carry our an initial assessment and advise you what else needs to be done before your application can be submitted.
If instructed, we will:-
- Prepare the application;
- Send it to all the relevant authorities;
- Arrange for it to be advertised in the local paper;
- Advise you regarding advertising the notice on the premises;
- Liaise with the relevant authorities regarding any queries or requirements;
- Notify you if any representations (objections) are made and try to resolve any issues;
- Finalise everything once the Licence has been granted.
If there are no representations within 28 days of the application being submitted, or they are resolved, then the licence will be granted. Typically this will be some 4 - 5 weeks after the application goes in, but it may take longer for the Local Authority to process the paper work. You cannot sell alcohol until the Licence has been granted.
If there are representations that cannot be resolved, then the application will be referred to a hearing which will take place before the Licensing Committee. If you require us to represent you at that hearing, then we will make all necessary preparations. In some cases it may be necessary to instruct a Barrister to deal with the hearing.