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The Licensing Authority can review a Premises Licence at any time

Once a Premises Licence is in place, although it lasts for the life time of the business, it is possible at any time for a review to be brought against it.

The purpose of a review is to allow the responsible authorities such as the Police or Environmental Health or any other person whether they live or work near the premises or not to ask the Licensing Authority to review how the premises are operating where they feel that the licensing objectives are being undermined.

Once a review has been started then there is a 28 day consultation period when a public notice has to be placed at the premises and other parties may join in. Once the consultation period has expired, the Licensing Authority have to hold a hearing to determine the application and their powers range from removing the DPS, restricting the operating hours of the premises through to revocation of the licence.

Under certain circumstances the Police may also call for an expedited licence review, which is a fast track process in certain circumstances where they consider the Premises are associated with serious crime or serious disorder (or both).

Given the powers available on licence reviews we recommend you obtain legal advice as soon as possible.

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