Licensing Reviews

Important: please read the following notes before downloading the application form below.

The ability to review an existing licence is an important part of the Licensing Act so that any licensed premises operating in a manner that does not promote the licensing objectives, for example, noise from live music constantly escaping from premises late at night and causing disturbance to local residents – not promoting the 'prevention of public nuisance' objective - can be brought to the attention of the Licensing Authority.

The parties able to call a review are  'responsible authorities' , (such as the Police, Fire Authority, Noise and Nuisance Team etc), and persons who live or are involved in a business in the licensing authority's area and who are affected by the operation of the premises ("other persons").

However, any application to have a premises licence reviewed must clearly show how the operation of the individual premises has not promoted, or has worked against, one or more of the Licensing Objectives:

  1. the prevention of crime and disorder
  2. public safety
  3. the prevention of public nuisance
  4. the protection of children from harm

Once an application for a premises licence to be reviewed has been made, the Licensing Authority must advertise the application by placing a notice, of size A4 or larger, on, at or near the premises subject to the application.

The Royal Borough will also place a notice at the Town Hall advertising the application and place the relevant details on the Council's website. Those individuals who have subscribed to the automated notification scheme will receive an email detailing any relevant applications for a review.

Responsible authorities and "other persons" as described above may also make representations relating to the premises subject of a review within 28 consecutive days of the original application being made.

The review application will trigger a hearing before the Licensing Committee unless all parties involved reach an agreement about the future operation of the premises and the Licensing Authority agrees to waive the need for a hearing.

Any person or body making the initial application for the review of a premises licence must serve notice of the application on the Licensing Authority, the holder of the premises licence and each of the Responsible Authorities. Contact details for the Licensing Authority and the Responsible Authorities are:

Licensing Authority and the Responsible Authorities
The Licensing Authority:Licensing Team, Council Offices, 37 Pembroke Road, London W8 6PW
Police:Police Licensing Office, c/o Council Offices, 37 Pembroke Road, London W8 6PW
The Fire Authority

Fire Safety Regulation, South West Area 4, Kensington and Chelsea Fire Safety Team, 169 Union Street, London SE1 0LL

The Health and Safety AuthorityThe Team Manager, Health and Safety Team, Department of Environmental Health, Council Offices, 37 Pembroke Road, London W8 6PW (Unless the premises are normally under the jurisdiction of the Health and Safety Executive, such as museums and such like when applications should be sent to: The Health and Safety Executive, Rose Court, 2 Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 9HS.)
The local planning authorityThe Senior Administration Officer (Licensing)– The Planning Department, The Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX
The authority with a duty to minimise or prevent the risk of pollution of the environment or of harm to human healthThe Team Manager, Noise and Nuisance Team, Department of Environmental Health 37 Pembroke Road, London W8 6PW
The Child Protection Body

Angela Flahive, Children's Safeguarding Board, Room 242 Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX

The Weights and Measures InspectorThe Team Manager, Trading Standards, Department of Environmental Health, 37 Pembroke Road, London W8 6PW

Director of Public Health

Tri-borough Public Health, Westminster City Council, 64 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QP

Home OfficeAlcohol Licensing Team, Lunar House, 40 Wellesley Road, Croydon, CR9 2BY

If a hearing is necessary the Licensing Committee will have the following options open to it having heard the evidence at the review:

  • take no further action
  • issue a warning
  • modify the conditions of the licence
  • exclude a licensable activity from the scope of the licence
  • remove the designated premises supervisor
  • suspend the licence for up to three months
  • revoke the licence

A decision to modify conditions or exclude a licensable activity can be made on a permanent or temporary basis (for up to three months) depending on the particular issues raised in the 'representations' and the evidence given at the review hearing.

Every decision the Licensing Committee and Sub-Committee make must relate directly to the four licensing objectives, having had regard to the application itself, the representations received, the relevant sections of the Secretary of State's Guidance and the Authority's own Statement of Licensing Policy.

See Secretary of State's Guidance  and the Statement of Licensing Policy for further details.

The same procedure applies to applications for reviewing a Club Premises Certificate.

Application form

Last updated: 29 November 2019