Objecting to a licence application

There are several important things you should consider when making an objection. 

Your objection:
•    should be evidence-based and will only be taken into account if it is considered to be relevant and refers to the likely effect of the grant of the application on the promotion of one or more of the four licensing objectives:

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

 •    will be rejected if it is considered frivolous, vexatious or repetitive 
•    must be made in writing
•    should include your full name and address (any anonymous correspondence will be rejected)
•    must be received within 28 calendar days of the date the application is made
•    copies of all representations will be supplied in full (including your personal details) to the applicant and will also comprise part of the public papers for the Licensing Panel hearing. 

The Licensing Authority will accept petitions, but there are some important factors to consider before organising a petition:

• We ask that the organiser of the petition identifies them self as a central point of  contact. We may need to make contact in order to verify certain matters and if we     are unable to do this it could invalidate the petition.
• Each page of the petition should contain information as to the purpose of the petition so that all persons know what they are signing.
• Full names and addresses must be supplied of every individual signing the petition.
• All signatories must be made aware where representations are made and not withdrawn; that a copy of the petition with all signatories names and addresses will      be supplied to the applicant and a copy will be contained within the committee papers, their personal details will not be published.

We will not write to each signatory separately, but instead assume that the organiser will advise each signatory of the hearing date and the final outcome of the application. It is expected that the organiser will represent the signatories at the hearing and to speak for them. When making a decision, the Licensing Authority will give appropriate weight to a petition. Those wishing to make representations should appreciate that the quality of the representations we received is an important consideration when making a decision.

You can support your objection by supplying the following:
•        a diary / record of events or incidents
•        photos / video evidence
•        sound recordings
•        a record of complaints made to authorities
•        supporting statements from fellow neighbours / witnesses

Your objection must be made in writing to:

Contact us

The Licensing Team
Hounslow House
7 Bath Road

Email licensing@hounslow.gov.uk

The Licensing Team have reviewed our process and we are making a few changes. We will no longer be notifying residents within 50m of a premises licence application as this is a non-statutory function.  This change will take effect from 1st April 2023. There will still be the statutory notifications, where an application will be advertised in the following ways

  • On the licensing webpages
  • An advert in a local newspaper
  • An external notice displayed at the premises for which the application refers

Applications can be found on our website.

We are also working on new ways that residents will be notified on new premises applications, however this will be following an update to our information management system which is being developed and we will update further once we have additional information.

If you have any questions relating to the above, please contact licensing team at licensing@hounslow.gov.uk

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