Goodman Derrick’s licencing team have had a number of recent successes with applications for new premises licences or full variations, without the need for a hearing.

So, how is that achieved?

Whilst it is not always possible to avoid a hearing, nor to guarantee success with an application, you can definitely improve your chances.

Here are our 4 top tips:

1. Prepare

Like so many things in life, if you take the time to prepare the ground, you stand a much better chance of succeeding.  In the licensing context, that generally means, understanding the locality, taking time over the draft application, and getting professional input.

2. Engage Engage Engage

From an applicant’s perspective the authorities and local residents can sometimes seem obstructive, if not downright obtuse (and on occasion they are).  However, the more you engage with them, and at an early stage, the more likely you are to bridge the gap between the differing positions.  By understanding where those opposed to your application are coming from, you can both show your willingness to see things from their perspective, and you will also be better placed to work out potential compromises. 

3. Be Professional

No matter how frustrating the process can seem, maintaining a professional approach will serve you well.

4. Persevere

It can sometimes take several meetings and different approaches, over several months, to get to a viable position.  Patient perseverance often pays.

If you would like to discuss a proposed or potential licence application with us, please do get in touch.