Licensing Act 2003 policy consultation

Our Licensing Act 2003 Statement of Licensing Policy is currently under review.

Licensing Act policy review

As a licensing authority we are responsible for licensing premises within our borough that provide:

  • the sale of alcohol, for consumption both on and off the premises
  • the provision of regulated entertainment
  • the sale of hot food and/or hot (non-alcoholic) drinks after 23:00

Premises such as pubs, clubs, restaurants, hotels, shops and supermarkets, together with late night takeaways all require licensing in some form.

We are required to produce a Statement of Licensing Policy setting out the approach to licensing in our district.

This policy provides clear guidance on the legal requirements and expectations of the council; to licence holders, applicants, and residents.

There are four licensing objectives under the Licensing Act 2003, which are:

  • prevention of crime and disorder.
  • public safety.
  • prevention of public nuisance.
  • protection of children from harm

We can only have regard to matters that relate to one or more of the licensing objectives listed above when determining our Statement of Licensing Policy.

Licensing Act policy consultation

We are seeking views from local businesses, local residents, and responsible authorities on our Draft Licensing Policy 2022 - 2027.

The consultation will run from 29 November 2021 to 11 February 2022.

All responses must include your name and contact details, as anonymous responses will not be considered.

If you wish to comment on the draft policy please email your response to by 5pm on 11 February 2022 and title your email Licencing Act consultation.

Privacy policy

Names of those who have submitted a comment during the consultation period will be included in future reports but contact details will be removed.

View our privacy policy for information on how we will use your information.

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