Licensing Act 2003 - provisional statement
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You will need to apply for a provisional statement if you require confirmation that a premises under construction, or being substantially altered would be granted a premises licence upon completion of the building works. In order for your application to be processed it must be accompanied by the appropriate fee (see below), a schedule of works and the plans of the work being done at the premises outlining the licensable areas in red at a scale of 1:100.
You will need to display a notice of your application on A4 pale blue paper (font size 16) every 50 metres around the perimeter of the premises. This notice will be displayed for 28 days at the premises. You must display a notice in the local newspaper within 10 days of the licensing authority receiving your application.
A copy of the application and plans must be served on the Police and Responsible Authorities (see Licensing Act 2003 - responsible authorities ) on the same day the application is made to the Licensing Authority. Responsible Authorities and members of the public who are deemed to be interested parties (ie living in the vicinity of the premises) have 28 days in which to make relevant representations. At the end of the 28 days if NO relevant representations are made then a provisional statement will be issued to that effect. If however relevant representations are made, then the application will be referred to a licensing committee hearing, where the outcome of the application will be determined.
Please contact your Local Authority in the first instance. If an application for a provisional statement is refused the failed applicant can appeal. Appeals are made to a Magistrates' court within 21 days of notice of the decision. A licence holder may appeal against any conditions attached to a licence. Appeals are made to a Magistrates' court within 21 days of notice of the decision.