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How to make representations, complain or report an Alcohol Licence

The Licensing Act 2003 (the Act) enables thorough scrutiny of applications both by experts and by local residents and businesses. Responsible authorities, including the police, fire authority, trading standards, health and safety and environmental health are notified of every application for a new premises licence, or variation of existing licences, and have the opportunity to make representations to the Council about the effect of the application on the promotion of the four licensing objectives.

Interested parties can make representations in respect of new applications and variations to current applications.

How to make representations to an alcohol licence

Under the Licensing Act objections and support are referred to as Representations.

Can I make representations?

You can object/ support to an application if you are :-

  • a person living in the vicinity of the premises
  • a body representing persons who live in the vicinity of the premises
  • a person involved in a business in that vicinity
  • a body representing persons involved in such businesses
  • any person or business may make representations on premises licence applications or club premises certificate applications
  • Responsible Authorities can also object to applications.

What can representations be about?

You can only make representations to an application based on number of licensing objectives, which are the :-

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

Will my details be shared?

The licensing authority is required under the Licensing Act 2003 (Hearings) Regulations 2005 to provide the applicant with full copies of the relevant representations that have been made including names and addresses of persons making representations.

In exceptional circumstances, persons making representations to the licensing authority may be reluctant to do so because of fears of intimidation or violence if their personal details, such as name and address, are divulged to the applicant.

Where licensing authorities consider that the person has a genuine and well-founded fear of intimidation and may be deterred from making a representation on this basis and decide to withhold some or all of the person’s personal details from the applicant, giving only minimal details (such as street name or general location within a street). However, withholding such details should only be considered where the circumstances justify such action. The final decision to withhold data rests with the licensing authority.

Please be aware that unless you make a specific request to the licensing authority your representation will be forwarded in its entirety unedited to the applicant, committee members and interested parties.

Current applications

On this website there is a list of current Licences Awaiting Approval for new applications and a list of Variation to Premises Licence for applications to vary a premise or club licence.

A notice must be displayed on the premises within one day of the us receiving the application for applications and variations to premises licences and club premises certificates.

In addition, within 10 days of us receiving the application, a notice must be placed in the local newspaper.

How do I make representations?

Representations may be made in support or objecting to a licence application or variation. You have 28 days to make your representations with regard to new applications and full variations known to the licensing authority and 10 days for minor variations.

If you wish to make representations with regards to a particular licence this can be done from the current list of Licences Awaiting Approval for new applications or from the current list of Variation to Premises Licence list for Variations.

When you make your representation, you must provide us with:

  • Details of the premises including the application reference number, so we can check which premises your objection refers to.
  • Your objections and a note of which licensing objectives apply to your comments.
  • Your contact details, so we can confirm receipt and invite you to attend any hearing to determine the licence application.

Representations can be submitted on line, by email or in writing to us. Verbal representations will not be accepted. Contact Details can be found below.

If a representation, is considered by the licensing authority to be frivolous or vexatious, then the objection will not be considered. There is no right of appeal.

Who makes the final decisions on applications?

The Licensing Committee will consider applications and make a decision based on the evidence placed before it from the applicant, objectors and responsible authorities.

How to complain about an alcohol licence

If you experience noise, disturbances or believe that premises are in breach of their licence, make a note of the incidents recording the date, time and what happened.

You can then contact us and make a complaint using the Contact Details below..

If you witness a serious incident at a licensed premises such as violence, contact West Midlands Police immediately.

Report underage sale of alcohol

Are you worried that children in your area could be buying alcohol from a local shop or are being supplied alcohol by people aged over the age of 18? 

Remember, it is an offence to sell alcohol to children under the age of 18. Children's health is put at risk by underage drinking and it fuels youth crime and and anti-social behaviour. 

Dudley Council's licensing and trading standards teams are here to help. Information about what to do if you suspect that alcohol is being sold or supplied to anyone underage.

  • Licensing Team, Unit 1, Hurst Business Park, Narrowboat Way, Brierley Hill, DY5 1UF
    Telephone: 01384 815489 or 815377 

  • Office is open from 8.00am to 4.00pm daily. Applicants are seen by appointment only.