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Hackney’s Licensing Policy

Hackney Council’s licensing policy can be found on

Who can object to a license application?

Although it says on the Hackney website that you are only entitled to make an objection to a license application if you live in the vicinity of the premises in question or are involved in a business in the vicinity, in fact this is out of date. The requirement for vicinity was removed under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011. The new guidance (2012) can be found here:

How to object to a license application

To object to a license application,  email with the name of the premises and/or its address in the subject line of your email.

Your objection is most likely to be taken seriously if it directly addresses the objectives of Hackney’s Licensing Policy. The four main objectives of the policy are:

• Prevention of crime and disorder
• Public safety
• Prevention of public nuisance
• Protection of children from harm.

Checking up on license conditions

Hackney Council keeps a searchable register of applications and existing licenses on

You can look up any given license and see what conditions have been attached to it. These don’t just include licensing hours but could cover a number of other things, such as sound-proofing, how many people are allowed to stand outside and smoke, the number of bouncers who should be on duty etc.

Breaches of license conditions

If you feel that a licensed premises or a club is not obeying the terms of its license or club certificate, you can ask Hackney Council to undertake a review. Details of how to do this can be found here:

Keep informed

We try to post notices of applications for new licenses or reviews of existing ones that are likely to affect local residents on this website. Follow us to be kept informed of these as they arise.

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