Hearings, decisions and appeals
The Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority (the Authority) makes decisions on:
- appeals against decisions of district licensing committees
- appeals against provisional local alcohol policies
- applications to suspend or cancel licences or manager’s certificates
- applications or renewals for licences and manager’s certificates that are referred to it by district licensing committees.
We can provide you with a copy of Notices of Hearing for upcoming cases. You can request these by contacting us.
Who will be at the hearing?
All parties or their legal representatives can appear and speak at the hearing. They can also call, examine and cross-examine witnesses. ‘Parties’ include the person applying for a licence or manager’s certificate.
If you are a party to an application or appeal, you may be represented by an agent if the Authority gives approval beforehand.
During a hearing, the person applying for a licence or manager’s certificate will make their submissions and give their evidence first.
You should provide typed submissions and copies of any supporting documents, to the Authority and all other parties on the day of the hearing.
The Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority will give its decision in writing after the hearing.
Can I appeal a decision of the Authority?
Any party in a proceeding may appeal the decision of the Authority to the High Court.
If you want to appeal a decision of the Authority, this must be made to the High Court within 10 workings days after notice of the decision has been given to you
If you have appealed against a Provisional Local Alcohol Policy, you cannot appeal the decision of the Authority.