Some applications received by the council have a period of time when representations or objections can be lodged, with the periods normally set by the relevant legislation for the specific licensing regime. The council welcomes views on these applications.
Comments can be submitted online, by email or by post. Your contact details will not be published.
At the end of the consultation period any comments received will be sent to the applicant or their representatives and contact details will be included - this forms part of the application process and encourages mediation between all parties.
Additionally, all comments submitted and not withdrawn, will form part of the Licensing Sub-Committee report which is a public document.
Each licensing regime has specific requirements relating to representations or objections and comments that do not relate to these requirements may not be considered when a decision is being made on the application. If you have any questions regarding the criteria for making representations or objections, please contact the Licensing Team.
The council funds the Citizen’s Advice Bureau to provide a Licensing Advice Project for residents of Westminster. If a resident has any concerns about a licence application they can contact a solicitor at the Licensing Advice Project. The project's solicitors will provide advice for residents on their rights under the licensing system. They will also provide extensive support and assistance for any resident who wishes to make a complaint or comment on a licensing matter to the council. If a resident does make a complaint or representations, the projects solicitors will be able to represent that resident at a licensing hearing if requested to do so.
The quickest way to comment is to search for an application and then submit your comments online. When you make a comment online you will receive an immediate email acknowledgement.
If you encounter any difficulties when trying to make a comment, please view the user guide.
87% of customers respond to planning and licensing application via Public Access, and in response to our customers working in a more electronic way, we have decided to introduce a new service which will allow customers to subscribe and receive alerts on planning and licensing applications across the borough. The new service will improve the end to end customer journey, by allowing a fully electronic notification and response process. This is a pilot scheme and will not replace the existing notifications received through the post
You can also make comments relating to licensing applications by email or post. Please contact the Licensing Team.