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The most common type of review application is a standard review, which is a process intended to be used as a last resort after all previous attempts to resolve the issues have failed. A standard review should not come as a surprise.
In the event of ‘serious criminal activity’ being suspected, the police may choose to instigate a summary (expedited) review.
The statutory guidance sets out situations what should be treated as a serious criminal activity. These include:
A summary review is not intended to be used as an alternative to criminal proceedings and should be implemented to ensure that the crime prevention objective is promoted. The licensing authority can continue with the review even where there is no criminal conviction.
Upon receiving notice of a summary review, the licensing committee must decide within 48 hours whether any immediate interim steps should be taken, such as excluding the sale of alcohol, removing the designated premises supervisor or suspending the premises licence. The premises licence holder can make representations against the interim steps imposed, in which case, the licensing authority must hold a hearing within 48 hours.
Requests for either type of licence review are required to be displayed on the premises in question and on the licensing authority’s website.
All interested parties and responsible authorities will then have time to make a representation about the review.
Representations do not have to be relevant to the objective on which the application is based. Multiple representations can, therefore, be combined within one review rather than having a series of reviews brought by different responsible authorities or other persons.
During the hearing, the committee will try to establish the cause of the concerns and decide on the remedial action required to solve the issues.
The committee can decide that:
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