Speak at licensing sub-committees

The council has established a Licensing Committee responsible for carrying out the council’s functions under the Licensing Act 2003 as required by law.

The committee has delegated responsibility to hear and determine licensing applications to its five sub-committees. These each consist of a panel of up to three councillors.


Speak at a licensing sub-committee hearing

Any ‘interested party’ wanting to speak at a licensing sub-committee hearing must register before by emailing licensing@hackney.gov.uk. We will contact you to inform you of the date and time of the hearing. 

You can support, object or comment on an application. 

You can participate if you:

  • live in the vicinity of the premises
  • are a member of a body representing local residents – for example, neighbourhood groups
  • are involved in business in the vicinity of the premises
  • are a member of a body representing a local business – for example, trade unions

If you’re objecting to an application, your objection must addresses one or more of the following licensing objectives:

  • prevention of public nuisance
  • prevention of crime and disorder
  • protection of children from harm
  • public safety

An agenda for each meeting is published on our website 5 working days before the meeting.

What to expect at a hearing

Licensing sub-committee hearings are normally held in public, so anyone can attend. However, you can only speak if you are:

  • the applicant
  • responsible authorities – public bodies such as the police, public health, planning authority
  • made representations

Hearings take the form of a discussion between the sub-committee and the various parties present.

The agenda details how the hearing is conducted including how long you can speak. The chair of the meeting also outlines the procedure at the start of the sub-committee.


A decision is made available to all parties five working days after the hearing. You can also email licensing@hackney.gov.uk for decisions.

The applicant is sent the notice of decision. The decision is also published on our website.


Page updated on: 4 October 2022

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