The procedure of the hearing

The chairman is in charge of the proceedings.

The following sequence of events is for guidance but individual hearings may differ:

  • the chairman explains the format for the meeting and asks everyone to introduce themselves
  • the licensing officer outlines the application
  • the applicant (or their representative) speaks in support of their application and calls witnesses
  • objectors ask the applicant (or their representative) and witnesses questions
  • members of the panel ask the applicant (or their representative) and witnesses questions
  • objectors speak about their representation and call any witnesses
  • the applicant (or their representative) asks the objectors questions
  • members of the panel ask questions
  • the chairman asks everyone if they want to add anything further
  • the chairman asks everyone to leave the room while the panel reaches a decision - the council's lawyer and committee note-taker remain
  • once a decision has been made, everyone is invited to come back in to hear it, although for complex applications, the panel may decide to give its decision later