Licencing

We deal with many different forms of regulatory licensing from street collection, houses of multiple occupation, selling goods on the street, putting on a play or disposing of waste to name but a few.

In addition, we also deal with private hire and hackney carriage licensing, Heavy Goods Vehicles and Public Service Vehicles.

Whether it’s an application for a new licence or defending an existing one we are able to advise. Most work can be undertaken on a fixed-fee basis, so that you know how much our services will cost from the outset. Our fee for representation in front of a local authority panel starts at £600+VAT and travel, but depends on your location and the complexity of the case.

If you wish to make an application for a licence, there is a form to complete, a fee to pay and a consultation exercise to be undertaken. This involves placing a public notice in the press and at the premises: There are very specific requirements for advertising and it is important to get it right otherwise the application may be rejected or delayed.

Should there be any objections, then the Licensing Committee of the Council generally considers the application in a formal hearing unless everyone agrees that a hearing is not necessary. The Licensing Committee will then decide whether or not to issue a licence and what conditions, if any, should be imposed if they decide to grant the application.

If you fail to obtain the appropriate licence then not only may you be fined, but for some licensing offences, there is also the possibility of a prison sentence, but this is rare.

Once any investigation is completed, the first step in the prosecution is that a summons will be served. This requires an attendance in court to enter a plea of ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty’. Often, this hearing can be with just a few weeks notice.

It is best that you contact us before any summons is issued because this offers the best prospects of success. Our advice is to call us the moment that you are cautioned or invited for an interview during the investigation. Please complete the contact form and e-mail us with your requirements.In addition we can deal with many different forms of regulatory licensing so whether you need a licence for a street collection, acupuncture, a house in multiple occupation, petroleum storage, fireworks, selling goods on the street, putting on a play or disposing of waste, we have experience that can be used to assist you in the process.

For most forms of licence, we can take care of all of the paperwork for you. There are some licence applications that require you to sign a declaration or set out personal information, but we can take care of the remainder. Please complete the contact form and e-mail us with your requirements.

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