I recently applied for a Special Hours Certificate. I have displayed all the relevant notices in a newspaper and on the premises and some people who live near my pub have said that they will object to the application. Can they do this?
The Licensing Act requires the notices to be displayed both on the premises and in a local newspaper to ensure that as many people as possible are aware of the application and have a chance to object if they wish to do so. Any person can object to a Special Hours Certificate, although the grounds of objection are actually fairly limited. Any person who does wish to object must ensure that the objection is made in writing to the Clerk to the Licensing Justices at least seven clear days before the hearing. The Act provides that objections must be lodged by this time, and the court must give you notification of the objection.If the court has not notified you of any objections, it is a good idea to telephone it a few days before the hearing just to make sure that you have all the details of any.