Premises Licence Reviews can happen at any time. A responsible authority (for example the police or the local authority) or any other person can apply to the local authority to have a premises licence reviewed.  Reviews usually come about if it is alleged that the conditions of a premises licence are being breached and the licensing objectives are being undermined.

The licensing objectives are:

  • The prevention of crime and disorder
  • The protection of Public Safety
  • The prevention of public nuisance
  • The protection of children from harm.

An application to review must relate to the above licensing objectives and must relate to specific premises.

Applications for Review must be sent to each responsible authority, the licensing authority and the premises licence holder.  It must also be advertised.  Representations can then be made within a 28 day consultation period.

After the 28 day period, the licensing authority must hold a hearing within 20 working days.

At the hearing, the Licensing subcommittee can take the following steps:

  • Modify the conditions of the licence
  • Exclude a licensable activity from the scope of the licence
  • Remove the Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS)
  • Suspend the Licence for a period of no more than 3 months
  • Revoke the licence 

Recent Cases

Indian restaurant in Kentreviewed on the application of the police on the ground that the premises had been employing staff not entitled to work in the UK.

Club Premises licence in Enfield – review brought by the Licensing Authority on the grounds that the club no longer qualified as a club under the 2003 act.

Late night Bar in Sutton – brought for review by the police and Licensing authority on the grounds that there had been persistent breaches of the licence including the supply of alcohol ‘after hours’

Bar and Restaurant in Mile End – Review brought by the police and Licensing Authority after accusations that it was operating as an illegal nightclub.

Convenience store in Islington – on application of the police and trading standards accused of breaching the terms of its off-sales licence. 


Every case is different and our fees vary depending on the complexity of the case and the amount of time we think it will take to prepare.  In most review cases we can usually work to a fixed fee and will usually provide you with two prices – the costs of our work in reviewing and advising on the review application and a second fee for preparing for and appearing at the review hearing. If you have received an application for review send it to us at and we would be happy to discuss your options and provide you with a quote.

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