Licensing Act 2003

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is the Licensing Authority pursuant to the Licensing Act 2003 (the Act). It is responsible for considering a range of licence applications and variations to licences. The purpose is to regulate the carrying on of licensable activities on licensed premises, at qualifying clubs and under temporary event notices.

We aim to establish in the borough a wide choice of high quality and responsibly managed entertainment and cultural venues. Providing a diverse range of licensed activities, community interaction and a variety of places for retail and refreshment. Ensuring at all times the safety and amenity of everyone. There are four licensing objectives which underpin the licensing process under the Licensing Act 2003. Each is given equal weight:

  • Prevention of Crime and Disorder
  • Public Safety
  • Prevention of Public Nuisance
  • Protection of Children from Harm

Basingstoke and Deane has a wide range of premises across the borough to which the policy, licences and activities apply. These include:

  • Licensed private members clubs/social clubs
  • Wholesalers/Internet sales of alcohol
  • Supermarkets
  • Cafes
  • Licensed open spaces
  • Off Licences
  • Cinemas/Theatre/Concert Hall
  • Public Houses
  • Late night food traders
  • Hotels and guest houses
  • Restaurants/cafes
  • Night club
  • Community premises/village halls
  • Sports clubs with bars
  • Stately homes

We also regulate other activities at licensed premises which include pavement cafes, adult entertainment, gambling and performances of stage hypnotism.

For all licence applications and amendments, please select the page from the left hand menu.


There may be occasions when a customer or local resident is concerned that the licensing objectives are not being promoted by a licensed premises and/or licensee and wishes to report this to the council. This can be done by completing a Licensing Complaints Form giving full details of any incidents or issues. The Licensing Team will investigate and take appropriate action.

Licence fees

Below is a list of current fees for Licensing Act 2003 licences. Most fees can be paid online through our secure online payments method. Please see the relevant licence webpage for further information.

Enforcement Policy

We aim to protect people's safety and welfare. We want to ensure people are not exposed to risks from the way that licensable activities are carried out. We aim to protect the interests of those adversely affected by such activities when carried out by unlicensed individuals/companies/organisations.

Occasionally it is necessary for us to take enforcement action where informal approaches do not result in improved standards. The Council has adopted the principles of the Central and Local Government Concordat on Good Enforcement. Due regard, will be given to guidance issued by the Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulators Services and Department of Culture, Media and Sports.

PDF document Licensing service enforcement policy and procedures (PDF) [299 kb]

Contact details

Licensing team

Telephone: 01256 844844

Contact us

  • Contact us online
  • 01256 844844
  • Civic Offices
    London Road
    RG21 4AH
  • Opening hours
    Monday to Thursday
    8.30am to 5pm
    8.30am to 4.30pm