Once a licence is granted, a review application can be made by a responsible authority such as the police or environmental health, councillors or by residents or businesses who claim that a licensed premises are the cause of problems or not following the law.
Reasons that a review may be applied for include sales to underage persons, problems with disorder and anti-social behaviour or noise nuisance, or enforcement action relating to sales of high strength lager and cider.
A review can result in the loss of the licence and should be treated with the utmost seriousness. Other sanctions include the removal of the Designated Premises Supervisor, limitation on hours or suspension of the licence for up to 3 months.
Immediate advice should be sought if you are facing a review application, or one is threatened. The earlier this is done the better it will be for you and your business. On many occasions working with the authority concerned can help to resolve the issues but quick action is essential.
Licensing Matters have long standing working relationships with most authorities within the licensing sector and our involvement will help you to protect your business.