Making a licensing representation

Making a licensing representation

How to make a representation in respect of a licensing application

Under the Licensing Act 2003 a 'relevant representation' may be made in opposition to, or in support of, a licensing application, and can be made by any individual, body or business, irrespective of their place of residence or location.


Who can make a 'relevant representation' in respect of an application?

Members of the public are permitted to make representations on:

  • an application for a new premises licence or club premises certificate
  • an application to vary an existing premises licence or club premises certificate

There is a 28 day consultation period for each of the above application types. 

In addition, the licensing authority (Chesterfield Borough Council), and 'responsible authorities' also have the ability to make a representation in respect of the types of application listed above. Responsible authorities include Derbyshire Police, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and other statutory bodies.


How to make a relevant representation

For a representation to be considered relevant (and therefore accepted by the licensing authority) it must:

  • relate to one or more of the 4 licensing objectives
  • be submitted in writing within the consultation period
  • not be frivolous, repetitive or vexatious in nature


The four licensing objectives are as follows:

  • prevention of crime and disorder
  • prevention of public nuisance
  • public safety
  • protection of children from harm


Vexatious and frivolous representations:

A representation may be considered to be vexatious if it appears to be intended to cause aggravation or annoyance, whether to a competitor or other person, without reasonable cause or justification.

A frivolous representation would be categorised by a lack of seriousness.


Submitting your written representation:

You can use the form below to submit your representation. Complete the form in full and send it to:

Environmental Services
Chesterfield Borough Council
Town Hall
Rose Hill
S40 1LP

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Last updated on 18 April 2023