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Due to the ongoing situation, the Licensing service is unable to see the public face to face in the office. If you have any queries or concerns relating to Licensing matters, need to report a premises for non-compliance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the duty line during office hours 9am - 4pm on 020 8489 8232.
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New measures under Business and Planning Act 2020 introduce a new off sales ability for existing and new alcohol licensed premises. The provisions in the Act temporarily modify the Licensing Act 2003 to provide an automatic extension to the terms of most premises licences which only permit the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises to allow the sale of alcohol for consumption off the premises. This will make it easier for licensed premises to sell alcohol to customers for consumption off the premises, which will allow businesses to trade and maintain social distancing.
The new off-sales permission will permit off-sales to be made at a time when the licensed premises are open for the purposes of selling alcohol for consumption on the premises, subject to a cut off time of 11pm or the closure time of an existing outside area, whichever is earlier. Measures also temporarily suspend existing licence conditions in so far as they are inconsistent with the new off-sales permission.
Further guidance on these provisions for licensed premises has been issued by the Home Office (external link)
We are currently consulting on the revision of the Draft Statement of Licensing Policy.
If you are thinking about raising a petition supporting or objecting to a Licensing matter, (eg for a premises licence or club premises certificate), the criteria for submitting representations (including petitions) is contained in the Licensing Act 2003. When relevant representations are received for an application, the Licensing Authority must hold a hearing by the Regulatory Licensing Sub Committee to decide the matter. If you have any queries regarding this process, please contact the Licensing Team. Further information is also available in the Licensing Representations page and you should particularly note the current definition of 'Interested Party' because representations cannot be accepted by persons who do not fall within this category.
The Licensing Act 2003 brought in significant changes to the way licensed premises were regulated. The six existing licensing regimes covering liquor, public entertainment, theatres, cinemas, late night refreshment premises and night cafes were all brought together under a single integrated system.
The Act requires each local authority to develop and publish a Statement of Licensing Policy (available in the attached files section below) in line with guidance published by the Government. It takes into account examples of best practice used elsewhere in dealing with the regulation of licensed activities. The policy must promote the four licensing objectives set out by the Act. These are:
- The prevention of crime and disorder
- The prevention of public nuisance
- Public safety at licensed premises
- The protection of children from harm
- Haringey Council now has the role of being the Licensing Authority for the area.
- Flexible opening hours for premises, designed to reduce public disorder associated with fixed closing times, allowing the potential for 24 hour opening, 7 days a week. This is subject to the consideration of the impact on local residents and businesses - licensing representations.
- Both applicants for licences and objectors will have the right to appeal to the Magistrates’ court if their representations have not been taken properly into account.
- The police have enhanced powers to close licensed premises for up to 24 hours where disorder is occurring.
The Licensing Act 2003 states that a licence is required where any of the following licensable activities are taking place:
- The sale of or supply of alcohol
- The supply of alcohol to members of registered clubs and their guests
- The provision of regulated entertainment (eg performance of a play, an exhibition of a film, sporting event)
- The supply of hot food or drink between the hours of 11pm and 5am, for consumption on or off the premises (this will include mobile food vans).
The Licensing Act 2003 has four new types of licence, which are as follows:
Completed forms should be returned to the relevant authorities as shown in Licensing Contacts.
There are mandatory conditions that are automatically placed on every licence issued. The Home Office has published guidance on these conditions - see the Home Office Guidance on Mandatory Licensing Conditions in the attached files section below.
Haringey Council is compliant with the European Service Directive.
The Directive opens up the European internal market to cross-border trade in services by making it easier for service providers to set up business or offer their services in other EU countries. The Directive imposes a number of requirements on Local Authorities.
- The screening and possible adjustment of the existing legislation and the authorisation schemes in them that are related to the relevant service
- The electronic completion of procedures
- Administrative cooperation
- Regulation in connection with the rights of recipients of services
You can access information relating to the council's licensing regimes and procedures electronically. It is possible to apply for various licences electronically (including the submission of additional documents and the payment of fees online) via the links on the website.
Not all licensing regimes or application types are under the scope of the EU Service Directive. A list of the licences that are available can be found in the A-Z of licences page.
- For further information on the EU Service Directive please visit the BIS website (external link).
The Care Quality Commission (external link) deals with the licensing of Nursing Agencies.
The Public Carriage Office (external link) deals with licences for:
- Taxis: Hackney carriage vehicles and drivers
- Private hire vehicles, drivers and operators.
The Metropolitan Police (external link) deal with permits/licences for charitable collections within the Metropolitan Police District.
If you wish to make a complaint about any Licensing matters, please use our Licensing Complaints eform to log your complaint. Please provide us with as much information as you can with your contact details in order for us to deal with your request quickly.
It is important that the message of possible risk to health through the consumption of alcohol is highlighted and understood. For adults, we need to be aware of the amount of alcohol that is consumed. The NHS help page (external link) allows you to do a quick test on your alcohol intake.
Please do not post your forms, email email@example.com the completed form or use the online link where available.
We will contact you to take payment via debit or credit card over the phone.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9:30am to 4pm.
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