The chief constable must give a notice that the applicant or any connected persons have not been convicted a relevant or foreign offence and detailing any convictions and a report detailing all cases of antisocial behaviour that have taken place on or around the premises and all complaints and other representations concerning antisocial behaviour within the previous year.
A Licensing Board must consider any notices it receives relating to representations or objections and serve a copy of the notice on the applicant.
A hearing must be held to determine the application. If any of the grounds for refusal apply the application must be refused.
The following are grounds for refusal:
the premises are excluded premises;
there are no exceptional circumstances for allowing the sale of alcohol on the premises during a continuous period of 24 hours or more;
the application requests the sale of alcohol for consumption off the premises before 10.00, after 22.00 or both on any day;
the applicant has had another application refused within the last 12 months;
the granting of the application would be inconsistent with one or more of the licensing objectives;
Having regard to: the nature of the activities proposed, the location, character and condition of the premises and the types of people likely to visit the premises, it is decided that the premises are unsuitable for use for the sale of alcohol; and
that having regard to the number and capacity of (i) licensed premises, or (ii) licensed premises of the same or similar description as the subject premises, in the locality in which the subject premises are situated, the Board considers that, if the application was granted there would be overprovision of licensed premises or licensed premises of that description in the vicinity.
If it is felt that an application would be allowed with a modification to the operating plan and the applicant accepts the modification, the licence must be granted.
If the application is refused the Licensing Board must give reasons for the refusal.
If an applicant or a connected person is convicted of an offence after the date the application was submitted but before it is determined they must notify the Licensing Board. If such information is received a Licensing Board must suspend the application and give notice to the chief constable of the conviction. The chief constable must respond by way of a notice within 21 days as to whether the conviction can be confirmed and if so if it is a relevant or foreign offence.