Short notice applications (less than 20 working days before the event date) must be accompanied by a letter explaining the reason for lateness for District Licensing Committee (DLC) consideration. You need to have a good reason as the Act refers to the reason for the lateness "could not reasonably have been foreseen earlier".
If your reason for lateness is not accepted by the DLC your application will not proceed further. Application fees are non-refundable.
Three statutory reporting agencies have the role of making inquiries, assessing and reporting on applications. The Act give both the Police and Medical Officer of Health 15 working days to report before your application can be referred to the DLC for consideration and a decision.