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​Reviewing a premises licence/club premises certificate

At any stage after a premises licence or club premises certificate has been granted, a responsible authority or any other person may apply to the licensing authority for a review of that licence or certificate if problems are occurring. Applications for reviews must be made in writing and must relate to one or more of the licensing objectives.

Please note: any reference to 'interested party(ies)' in this document should be taken to mean 'any person(s)'

Send completed applications to:

City of London Licensing Team
Markets and Consumer Protection
PO Box 270
Guildhall
London EC2P 2EJ

The City of London licensing authority will also accept reviews that are submitted via electronic means but where this is done, the review is given only at the time it is received by the licensing authority in an accessible and legible form and with all supporting documentation.

Electronic reviews can be sent to licensing@cityoflondon.gov.uk

All reviews must include the full name and postal address of the person(s) making the application.

If you would like more advice or assistance on reviewing a premises licence or club premises certificate please contact the licensing team by phone on 020 7332 3406 or send an email to licensing@cityoflondon.gov.uk

Eligibility criteria

A responsible authority ​or any other person can apply to the licensing authority for a review of a premises licence or club premises certificate where there are problems associated with crime and disorder, public safety, public nuisance or the protection of children from harm.

In every case, the review must relate to the premises for which the licence or certificate is in force and must not be frivolous, vexatious or repetitious.

Generally, more than one review originating from an individual should not be permitted within a period of twelve months on similar grounds save in compelling circumstances, for example where new problems have arisen. This exclusion does not apply to reviews made by responsible authorities.

Regulation summary

​A summary of the regulations relating to club premises certificates are available on the government's Home Office website. View the Home Office summary.

Application evaluation process

​Applications must be in a specific format and must be made in writing, clearly setting out the grounds for review based on one or more of the licensing objectives.

It is the responsibility of the applicant for a review to give one copy of the application and any supporting documentation to the holder of the premises licence for which the review relates, and to each of the responsible authorities on the same day upon which the application is served on the licensing authority.

The Licensing Authority will make arrangements for the prominent display of a notice at, on or near the site of the premises.

Determining the application

​Irrespective of whether representations are received during the statutory consultation period, the licensing authority must hold a hearing to determine a review application. At the hearing, the licensing authority can take any one or more of the following steps if it considers it appropriate for the promotion of the licensing objectives:

  • modify or add conditions to the licence
  • exclude a licensable activity from the licence
  • remove the designated premises supervisor
  • suspend the licence for a period not exceeding three months
  • revoke the licence

The licensing authority may decide that none of the above steps are appropriate for the promotion of the licensing objectives.

The licensing authority will serve a notice of its decision on the applicant, the licence or certificate holder, any person who has made relevant representations and the Chief of Police.

Processing timelines

​All applications are subject to a statutory consultation period and the consultation period commences when a complete and valid application is received by the Licensing Authority.

Reviews must be publicly advertised for 28 consecutive days from the date a valid application is received. Irresepective of whether relevant representations are made during the 28 day consultation period a public hearing must be held to determine the application within 20 working days of the last date for representation (unless agreement is reached for this period to be extended).

Appeal process

Licence/certificate holder

If a licence or certificate holder is not satisfied with the decision of the licensing authority after a public hearing, that person can appeal. An appeal may relate to the decision to modify or attach conditions to a licence, a decision to exclude an activity or person as premises supervisor, a decision to suspend or revoke the licence. Appeals are made to the City of London Magistrates Court, 1 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4N 4XY, within 21 days of receiving notification of the decision.

Applicant for review/responsible authority/any other person

An applicant for a review of licence or certificate, a responsible authority or any other person who has made a relevant representation to a review application can appeal the decision of the licensing authority after a public hearing if they are not satisfied with that decision. An appeal may relate to the decision to take no action, a decision to modify or attach conditions to a licence, a decision to exclude an activity or person as premises supervisor, a decision to suspend or revoke the licence. Appeals are made to the City of London Magistrates Court, 1 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4N 4XY, within 21 days of receiving notification of the decision​


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