Please read our guidance about representations first.
We advertise current applications online so that they can be viewed by the public.
How to make a representation
A representation can be a positive comment or an objection. You can make a representation by completing this form and emailing it or posting it to us.
We must receive your representation before the end of the notice period. You can find this date on our current applications page.
Any person or responsible authority can make a representation about a premises licence application or club premises certificate application. However, the representation must relate to one or more of the licensing objectives and be received within the notice period.
Please be aware that we will send a full copy of your representation (including your name and address) to the applicant and will also make it available at any public hearings relating to the application.
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More info about the journey
You'll need to read our guidance on representations first so that you know what they licensing objectives are and what will happen after you make a representation.
If relevant representations are received within the notice period then a hearing must be heard before members of the licensing sub committee to decide the application (unless all parties agree that this is unnecessary).
If you make a representation about an application (that's not withdrawn) you'll be sent a notice of hearing. This will give you the date of the hearing and explain more about it. It is a legal requirement that you respond to this notice and say whether or not you will attend the hearing.
What will happen at the hearing?
The applicant and any objectors (who have asked to do so) can address the sub-committee at the hearing. The sub-committee will listen to the evidence of both sides before making a decision. The sub-committee can also consider any written responses if someone who has made a representation can't attend the hearing.
Following the hearing, the committee can do one of the following:
- decide to grant or vary the licence in the same terms as was applied for
- decide to grant or vary the licence, but to modify the conditions
- decide to refuse to issue or vary the licence
- decide to exclude one or more licensable activity from the licence
What you can do if you haven't heard from us
If representations are received a hearing must be heard to determine the application (unless all parties agree that this isn't needed).
We'll write to you to tell you about the hearing so if you haven't heard from us please telephone us or email us for an update.
What you can do if you're not happy with our decision
Please contact us in the first instance.
An appeal may be made against the decision by:
- The applicant or
- Any other person who made relevant representations in relation to the application
All appeals must be made to a magistrates court within 21 days of notice of the decision:
North and East Devon Magistrates Court, Southernhay Gardens, Exeter, EX1 1UH
Tel: 01392 415300
You can also make a representation by writing to us or emailing us.
In your letter or email you'll need to include:
- Your name, address and telephone number
- Details of the application you are making a representation about
- Details of your representation and how your comments relate to one or more of the licensing objectives
- If there are any changes you would like to see made to the application which would address your concerns
- You will need to state clearly on the letter or email that this is a representation and if writing in, you will need to sign and date your letter
We must receive your representation before the end of the notice period for it to be accepted.
If you send a letter in the post we strongly recommend that you get proof of postage including the date the letter was posted.
If you want to come in to our offices and speak to us then please telephone first to make sure that someone is available.