4. At the hearing

Be on time.  Introduce yourself to Council staff when you arrive. 

There will be four areas for participants to sit. The regulatory agencies will sit on one side and the objectors opposite.  The applicant and their advisors sit opposite the committee chair and members.  The committee will enter the room last – it is customary for all parties to stand while the committee takes their seats.

Follow the direction of the DLC/ARLA chair and respect the authority of the Committee or Authority.  When speaking, speak clearly and confidently. If there is a microphone, ensure it is switched on when you speak (these sessions are usually recorded for transcription).

After the hearing – the decision

You will be advised of the decision and if you are not happy with this you have the right to appeal it. Information about how to do this and when should be included in the correspondence with the decision.

For more information on the Hearing Process, check out the Health Promotion Agency's document on licensing objections (page 24-28).