Licensing - Alcohol and Entertainment

Licensing Act 2003

The Licensing Act 2003 provides a single scheme for licensing premises, which are used for the supply of alcohol, to provide regulated entertainment or to provide late night refreshment. Authorisation to carry on some or all of these licensable activities is contained in a single Premises Licence, Club Premises Certificate or Temporary Event Notice.

The Act affects anyone concerned with: ·       

  • Premises where alcohol is sold.       
  • Businesses selling hot food between 11pm and 5am (including takeaways and mobile caterers).  
  • Premises that provide music and dancing.   
  • Theatres and cinemas.    
  • Indoor sporting events.     
  • Premises holding boxing or wrestling.

The Council is required to periodically publish a Statement of Licensing Policy. This details how the Council will generally deal with applications. The current policy can be viewed by clicking here (PDF, 3.86Mb, 24 pages).

New Mandatory Condition

As from 28 May 2014 the Government has introduced a new mandatory condition to be included in premises licences banning the sale of alcohol below the permitted price (the amount of duty plus VAT) which can be viewed from the following link The Licensing Act 2003 (Mandatory Conditions) Order 2014 No.1252 (website).

For more guidance on complying with the new condition and access to the duty plus VAT permitted price calculator, please click here (website).

Further to the above and on the 1 October 2014 the Licensing Act 2003 (Mandatory Licensing Conditions) (Amendment) Order came into force. This Order amends the previous Mandatory Conditions which came into effect in 2010. For details on these please click here (PDF, 56.18KB, 4 pages).

Further Information

A guidance booklet has been produced to assist applicants and to provide general advice on applying for Premises Licences, Personal Licences, Club Premises Certificates and Temporary Event Notices. The document can be viewed by clicking here (PDF, 5.65Mb, 22 pages).

Further information is available from the Home Office website by clicking here.

Public Register

The council maintains public registers for all licences which have been granted. A summary of the public register licences, consents, permits and registrations can be viewed by clicking here.

For further clarification contact the Licensing Department by using the 'Send a message to this service' found in the 'Contact' tab above.