My local council has just refused to renew my Public Entertainment Licence. Can I appeal the decision and what happens to my PEL in the meantime?
You, as the applicant, have the right to appeal the decision to refuse to renew your Public Entertainment Licence (PEL) made by the council. You must make the appeal to the magistrates' court within 21 days of the date you were notified of the decision. If you were at a hearing when the decision was announced then the 21 day period starts on that date. If you were notified in writing of the refusal then the 21 day period commences on the day that you received notification of the decision.Until the appeal is heard, the licence is deemed to exist. This means that you can continue to provide entertainment and you must of course comply with any conditions that were already on your licence. There is one exception to this rule, which is the case where refusal to renew has been made due to a serious problem relating to controlled drugs at the premises. If this is the reason for your PEL renewal being refused then you must not carry out any further entertainment until the appeal has been decided.