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Objecting to a Civic Licensing Application

A 28 day consultation period begins from the date an application for grant or renewal of a Licence is lodged with the Council.  During the consultation period anyone can make an objection or representation.

Where an application for grant or renewal relates to premises, a public notice will be displayed by the applicant at the premises on the day the application is lodged providing details of the application and the last date for making any objection or representation.

Objections or a representation to an application must be received in writing within 28 days of a Site Notice being displayed by the applicant outside a property. The final date for receipt of objections/representations will be displayed on the notice.  Email objections can be sent to  stating the reason for the objection/representation or alternatively mailed to Perth and Kinross Council, Legal Services, Licensing Department, Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD.

Perth & Kinross Council will not consider any anonymous objections or representations. 

The terms of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 do not allow any person to make an objection or representation to an application for a temporary Licence.

All objections or representations must:

  • Be made in writing;
  • Specify the ground(s) of the objection or nature of the representation;
  • Specify the name and address of the person making it; and
  • Be signed by the objector, or on their behalf (for emails the inclusion of your name and address will count as a signature).

The Council must send a copy of any objection or representation to the applicant, which will include the name and address of the person making the objection or representation (email, telephone number and signature will be redacted). 

Where there are objections or representations, the applications will be considered by the Licensing Committee who will determine the application.

The Licensing Committee has discretion to consider late objections or representations if satisfied that there is sufficient reason why the objection or representation was not received in time.  If this applies you will need to explain in your objection or representation, why it is late.   A copy of your objection or representation will not be considered unless the Licensing Committee makes a decision that it will consider it.

If you have made an objection or representation to an application, you will be invited to attend the Licensing Committee hearing.  You can decide whether to attend the meeting in person or remotely by telephone to address the committee regarding your objection or representation and to answer any questions from the committee members regarding it.  If you do not want to attend, the Committee will consider your written objection and make a decision in your absence.

Licensing staff will notify any objectors and those that have made a representation with the decision of the Licensing Committee within 7 days of the committee meeting hearing.

It might be helpful to consider these possible grounds of refusal when making any objection or representation: -

  • the Council considers that the applicant or anyone else detailed on the application is not a fit and proper person.
  • the activity to which the licence relates would be managed by or carried on for the benefit of a person, other than the applicant, who would be refused such a licence if they made the application.
  • where the licence relates to an activity consisting of or including the use of premises, those premises are not suitable or convenient for the conduct of the activity having regard to:
    • the location, character or condition of the premises, vehicle or vessel;
    • the nature and extent of the proposed activity;
    • the kind of persons likely to be in the premises, vehicle or vessel;
    • the possibility of undue public nuisance, public order or public safety; or
    • there is other good reason for refusing the application.

More information about what we do with your personal data when you make an objection/representation is on our privacy notice.


Last modified on 14 September 2023

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