The Licensing Act 2003 is based upon promotion of the following four objectives:
- The prevention of crime and disorder
- The prevention of public nuisance
- Public safety
- The protection of children from harm
We use a licensing policy which sets out the council’s approach to dealing with applications made to it for personal and premises licences under the Licensing Act
The policy is one of the matters that the Licensing Committee or sub-committee must take into account when considering applications. The others are the act itself and the guidance issued by the home office under the act.
We have a duty to publish a register which lists premises that have licences and details of personal licences.
What needs licensing?
Under the act any of the following 'licensable activities' will require a licence:
- The sale of alcohol
- The supply of alcohol to members of registered clubs and their guests
- The supply of late night refreshments i.e. hot food or drink between the hours of 11pm and 5am (this will include mobile vans)
- The provision of regulated entertainment.
Regulated entertainment includes the performance of a play, an exhibition of a film, an indoor sporting event, a boxing or wrestling entertainment, a performance of dance and the provision of facilities for making music or for dancing.
What do I need to apply for ?