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How to make a representation in respect of a licensing application

Under the Licensing Act 2003 any of the 'Responsible Authorities' (e.g. Sussex Police, West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, Environmental Management Team etc) or any other 'person' (e.g. a member of the public, Parish Council etc) is entitled to make a 'representation' in opposition to, or in support of, the following applications:

  • New or full variation Premises Licence/Club Premises Certificate
  • Minor variation Premises Licence/Club Premises Certificate
  • Provisional Statement
  • Review of a Premises Licence/Club Premises Certificate

Representations in respect of the above applications must be received within 28 days of the application being made, other than minor variations which must be received within 10 working days.

Before submitting

You can view details of all current applications received within the last month, and we would strongly recommend you do so prior to submitting a representation. If having considered an application you believe that one or more of the four licensing objectives (i.e. the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, the prevention of public nuisance and protection of children from harm) would not be promoted if the application was granted as applied for, please submit a representation by the relevant closing date. However if you wish to discuss a particular application please do not hesitate to contact the Licensing Team.

How to submit

Representations can be submitted by either:

(a) Visiting Public Access (opens new window) and using the 'Comments' tab

(b) Completing our representation form:

Submit a representation

Upon receipt of a representation it will be carefully considered so as to ensure that it meets with the statutory requirements. In the event that we believe it may be possible to resolve any concerns expressed, then we will enter into mediation between the various parties. If mediation is successful the representation would have to be withdrawn and the licence/certificate would be granted on the basis of the application and subsequent mediation.

If mediation proves to be unsuccessful, then the application would be referred to a hearing of the Alcohol & Entertainment Licensing Sub-committee to be determined. The applicant along with any party who has submitted a representation would be invited to the hearing (any of these parties could be represented by any person whether or not that person is legally qualified) and would have the opportunity to address the sub-committee.

Please be aware that the name and address of any person who has submitted a representation will ordinarily be disclosed to the applicant and are a matter of public record.  Anonymously submitted representations cannot be accepted for consideration.

Name: Licensing Team


Chichester District Council
East Pallant House
West Sussex
PO19 1TY
United Kingdom

Web: Licensing

Telephone: 01243534740