The procedural requirements for Licensing applications can be very exacting. It is common for Licensing Authorities to reject applications on the basis that the correct parties have not been served, applications have not been advertised and notices have not been put up on the premises at the right time if at all, with professional advice these pitfalls can be avoided.
It is not just applicants for Licences however who can fall foul of the exacting procedural requirements. In a recent case concerning the Tinsel Town Night Club in Camden, a Deputy District Judge dismissed an application for review of the Premises Licence because the exacting procedural requirements in respect of the review had not been properly followed.
In this particular case, there appear to have been a number of serious failings but at least applicants for Licensed premises who have had applications rejected for failing to comply with procedural requirements can take some comfort from the fact that the Authorities are being treated equally.
The lesson to take out of all of this is that Licensing applications are very procedural and time sensitive. If you fail to comply with the procedural requirements and the point is taken either by the Licensing Authority or another party who has an interest in the application you may well be put in the position of having to start all over again.
This would be particularly frustrating if the point was taken when an application was well advanced.
If you would like to discuss any aspect of applications for Premises Licence or if you have received a review and would like some advice please contact our Alcohol & Entertainment Licensing team on 01332 340 211.