Provisional licensing statement

Find out if your business is likely to obtain a premises licence before committing to the cost of developing a site.

After you apply

What you need to do

After submitting your application you must:

  • advertise your application on the premises for 28 days, starting from the day after you submit your application (see ‘Useful documents below) 
  • publish the public notice in a local newspaper within 10 working days of making the application
  • complete and return the notice of advertising (see ‘Useful documents’ below) to us by emailing it to  

What we do

We will automatically grant a provisional statement if no representations are received within the first 28 days.  

In cases where representations are made, the application will be decided by the council’s Licensing Sub Committee at a public hearing. The hearing will normally take place within four weeks after the initial 28 day representation period.

All concerned parties will be invited to attend the hearing and they will be given the opportunity to discuss their application or representation and ask questions of other parties present.

The right to appeal

Both applicants and person(s) making representation have a right to appeal against our decision on an application. Appeals must be made to the magistrates’ court within 21 days of receiving written notification of the decision.