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Licensing

Helping members have a say over all-night drinking
Drinks
Radical changes in the licensing laws for pubs and bars have swung open the door to all-night drinking. Not surprisingly this has caused widespread local concern.  Incredibly, neither a society like ours nor a local residents’ association is allowed to comment on an application to change a pub’s licence. Read more…

How can a resident get warning? 
If the owner of a pub has appointed a licensed manager (the police rather than residents have the power to challenge personal licences), he must obtain a new premises licence for either new premises or for a major change in the size of the pub, or in the type of entertainment offered, or the hours of operation. 




Licence Reviews
Residents of Hampstead have had a lot of success, through groups of concerned neighbours around each pub or bar, supported by the Society, in preventing Hampstead becoming a late-night drinking venue. 
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What can a neighbour do?
If you wish to object, an interested party must send a valid objection in writing to the Camden Licensing Team within the stated time limit and ask for a hearing before a Licensing Panel. These are made up of local Councillors and are quasi-judicial proceedings. Read more…
Licensing Panel hearings
The pub will have legal representation at the hearing. Each side has 15 minutes in which to make their case. You can have a lawyer or an experienced lay person to represent you, but most of the 15 minutes should be spoken by people directly and personally affected. 

Use of evidence
The best way of establishing the likelihood of a licensing problem in the future is to keep an up-to-date diary. This must be in the form recognised by Camden Council. Each incident must be recorded in a diary with a time and should be reported to Camden. Read more…

Appeals
An applicant or an interested party can appeal a Panel decision to the magistrates within 21 days of publication of the official minute of the decision. Camden and the appellant can together choose to have the appeal heard before a different Licensing Panel, instead of the magistrates. 
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