Guidance for Interested Parties (Gambling Act 2005)
Who can object?
We can only consider your objections to the
issue of a premises licence under the Gambling Act 2005 if you:
- Live sufficiently close to the premises to be likely to be
affected by the authorised activities; or
- Have business interests that might be affected by the
authorised activities; or
- Represent persons in either of these two groups
Interested parties can be persons who are
democratically elected such as councillors and MPs. Other than
these persons we will need written evidence (usually a letter) that
a person ‘represents’ someone who either lives sufficiently close
to the premises to be likely to be affected by the authorised
activities an/or business interests that might be affected by the
On what grounds can I object?
Competition is not necessarily valid reason
for making an objection, we must be satisfied that if a business is
objecting, that factors likely to be relevant include:
- The size of the premises
- How far people will travel to visit the premises and
- Whether the person making the objection has business interests
in that area that might be affected.
In determining if a person lives sufficiently
close to a premise we will take into account
- The size of the premises;
- The nature of the premises;
- The distance of the premises from the location of the person
making the representation;
- Any potential impact (number of customers, routes to be taken
by those visiting the premises); and
- The circumstances of the complainant
A complainant may be a private resident, a
school or resident hostel all of whom have different
Objections are not relevant if they do not
relate to the licensing objectives.
Your objections must be received by the
authority within the 28 day consultation period that follows the
application. You will always receive a response from us, to
any objection that you make.