Licence application objections

Residents and businesses can comment on some licence applications that we receive.

You can contact our Licensing team to discuss your concerns. They will tell what options are available to you. If you wish to object to an application, you need to submit your objection in writing.

It must be received before the relevant consultation period ends.

Submit an objection to an application

To submit an objection to a licence application, you will need to include:

  • your name
  • your address
  • detailed reasons for your objection(s).

You can send your objection to:

Grounds for objections

Objections may only be made on the grounds outlined below:

Type of application

Grounds for objection

Alcohol, entertainment and late night take-away licences under the Licensing Act 2003

- crime and disorder
- public safety
- public nuisance
- poses harm to children

Gambling and betting under the Gambling Act 2005

- crime and disorder
- gambling isn’t fair and open
- poses harm to children and vulnerable people

Pavement licences

- public safety
- crime and disorder
- highway obstruction
- nuisance

Street trading

- highway obstruction
- nuisance

Sex establishments

- the applicant is unsuitable
- the location is unsuitable

Objections on any other grounds, or which are flippant will be rejected.

Objections are shared with applicants so names and addresses may be disclosed. This is unless you ask us to keep your details private.

Your name and address are not disclosed to applicants for sex establishment licences.

Objections against the following may result in a public hearing:

  • Licensing Act
  • Gambling Act or
  • Sex establishment application.

Objections will form part of a report considered by councillors and made available to the public.

You can attend the hearing and put forward your objection in person, or be represented.

If you are not happy with the result of your objection, you will be notified about your rights of appeal. Your ability and timescale for appealing varies between different types of licences.

View current licence applications

You can view details of applications including deadlines for comments on our current licence applications page.