Consultation of draft statement of licensing policy: Licensing Act 2003

Consultation runs from 9th August 2019 -28th October 2019

Every 5 years each Licensing Authority must determine a policy with respect to the exercise of its functions in the Licensing Act 2003. A statement of that policy (a licensing statement) must be published before the beginning of that period. The statement must also be kept under review and changed if deemed necessary.

The primary aim of this Licensing Policy is to promote the 4 licensing objectives which are:

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

The amendments made since the last policy was adopted in 2015 are to reflect legislative changes, notably:

  • changes to the application process for a personal licence to include a check on the right to work in the UK
  • the licensing authority’s powers to revoke personal licences where holders have been convicted of relevant offences
  • inclusion of the list of national, mandatory premises licence conditions

Other amendments are:

  • updated information about the borough including the numbers of premises issued with licences
  • a section on the role of public health, alcohol and licensing

A fully tracked changes version of the statement of licensing policy has been produced and published below to make it easy for the proposed changes to be identified.