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Statement of licensing policy review

Section 5(1) of the Licensing Act 2003 provides that each Licensing Authority must determine its policy with respect to the exercise of its licensing functions and publish a statement of that policy for each 5 year period. The policy must be kept under review and amendments made when considered necessary.
A review of the Statement of Licensing Policy is now due and although there are only minor changes to the policy, there is a requirement to consult on the review with statutory stakeholders and the public

The Statement of Licensing Policy is our starting point for determining applications for licensable activities under the Licensing Act 2003. It is used as the reference point and basis for decision making on individual licences for the full range of activities covered in licensing law. Applications for licensable activities that accord with the statement are generally deemed to be acceptable and the statement guides the Licensing Authority towards the inclusion of appropriate conditions to enable activities to proceed.

The current Statement of Licensing Policy is very comprehensive and has worked well, being used both by officers and Licensing Panels to determine licence applications. It has also proved beneficial for any applicants to advise them of the expectations of the Licensing Authority.

The Statement of Licensing Policy is based on the four licensing objectives, which are enshrined in law.

These objectives are:

  • the prevention of crime and disorder
  • ensuring public safety
  • the prevention of public nuisance
  • the protection of children from harm

How to to take part

A full copy of the existing policy can be viewed below:

A draft policy was proposed at the recent Licensing Committee incorporating some minor changes and this can be viewed below:

We would like to hear your views and comments on this policy. A link to the online survey is available below:

Statement of licensing policy survey

The consultation will be used to inform our decision regarding the Statement of Licensing Policy so it is vital that evidence is supplied to support your choices.

Completed surveys and any supporting evidence must be received by no later than 5.00pm on Monday, 8 March 2021.

If you are unable to complete an online survey, contact us to request a paper copy using the details below:

FAO the Licensing Manager
5th Floor Wat Tyler House
Beckhampton Street

You may also call on 01793 466331 and we will try to respond to you in 5 working days.

Queries and supporting evidence can be emailed to You should mark the subject as Statement of Licensing Policy.

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