Once submitted, if the review application is accepted, a 28 day consultation begins. During this period, the Council will ensure a site notice is displayed at or near the premises advertising the application, and will also advertise the application on the council website on the public licensing register.
During this period the responsible authorities and any other person may write a representation either in support of, or against the review. If these representations are valid, they will be considered as part of the process.
Once the 28 day consultation has expired, the Council will arrange for a licensing-sub committee to be held within 20 working days, to determine the application. A licensing committee usually consists of a panel of three councillors.
The panel will listen to evidence from the applicant, the premises, and any other responsible authorities and / or other persons who have submitted valid representations to the application who wish to speak. The panel will also consider any written evidence and submissions in relation to the case. Once all evidence has been reviewed, and all parties have had an opportunity to speak, the panel will deliberate in public, and make a decision on the day of the committee. A written decision will follow to all parties to the application shortly thereafter.
If any party to the application feels aggrieved by the decision of the committee, the decision may be challenged by way of appeal at the Magistrates' Court. Any appeal must be lodged within 21 working days of the written decision notice having been received.