Licensing Act 2003

Licensing Act 2003

The Licensing Act 2003 introduced significant changes to Licensing Laws in England and Wales and completely changed the way licensing is dealt with. Licences dealt with by us:

  • alcohol
  • public entertainment
  • theatre
  • cinema
  • late night refreshment
  • night cafes
  • registered club licence.

License types

If you are involved in carrying out any of the above establishments, you may need to be licensed. 

Key measures

The key measures contained in the act are:

  • flexible opening hours, with the potential for up to 24 hour opening, seven days a week, subject to consideration to the impact on the local residents. This, it is hoped, will help to minimise public disorder resulting from fixed closing times
  • premises licence a single scheme for licensing premises which sell alcohol, provide public entertainment or provide refreshment late at night
  • personal licences a new system of personal licences which allow holders to sell or serve alcohol for consumption on or off any premises possessing a premise licence
  • designated premises supervisor a personal licence holder immediately identifiable as being in day to day charge of licensed premises
  • Magistrates Court to deal with appeals against the local authority.
In offering this advice we wish to make it clear that:
  • Legislation may change over time and the advice given is based on the information available at the time the guidance was produced. It is not necessarily comprehensive and is subject to revision in the light of further information.
  • Only the courts can interpret statutory legislation with any authority.
  • This advice is not intended to be a definitive guide to, or a substitute for, the relevant law. Independent legal advice should be sought where appropriate.

Statement of Licensing Policy

The current Statement of Licensing Policy which can be found below, was approved by Full Council on 17 December 2015 and became effective in January 2016. This was preceded by revision, update, and consultation of the amended policy and in consideration of all responses received.

In accordance with the Act, the Statement of Licensing Policy must be kept under review and remains in existence for a period of five years. Cumulative Impact Policies, (within overarching Statement of Licensing Policies) must be reviewed every three years.

Licensing Policy

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The current cumulative impact policy within section 11 of the overarching Statement of Licensing Policy, is now subject to review and consultation for determination prior to January 2019. The consultation will run from 6 August 2018 to 23 September 2018 and you can find out how you can provide your comments by clicking on the below link.

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