Review of Alcohol & Entertainment Licensing policy

Statement of Licensing Policy 2016-2021

The Licensing Act 2003 established a single integrated scheme for licensing premises which are used for the sale or supply of alcohol, to provide regulated entertainment and to provide late night refreshment.

The Licensing Policy Statement sets out the local licensing strategy and provides clarity for everyone, including local residents, businesses and licence applicants, who will be able to refer to the statement when making representations or when preparing their applications.  It does not include procedures for making applications or holding committee hearings as these matters are covered by separate guidance and procedure documents.

Since its initial adoption in 2005, the Policy has been kept under review, and whilst there have been some minor revisions during the last 10 years there have not been any significant issues or material changes that we feel would compromise the existing policy.

The original Policy was produced and updated after consultation with many representative organisations and statutory bodies specified in the 2003 Licensing Act, (eg Parish and Town Councils, the Police and Pollution Control Authorities), as well as a wide range of other interested parties, stake-holders and individuals.

The Police was reviewed and re-published in 2008 and 2011. It was expected to remain in force for a further 3 years until 2014, but this requirement to review was amended in 2012, to 5-yearly with the introduction of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011.

The Policy was reviewed and adopted at a meeting of the full Council oon 28 January 2016.  A copy of the current Policy can be viewed here. [PDF 305 KB]  This will be kept under review during the next 5 years and any comments can be made at any time during that period.