- Our enforcement approach to licensing
- The 4 licensing objectives
- How we respond to licence concerns
- Enforcement options
- Underage alcohol sales
- Licence reviews
- Report concerns about a premises
Licensed premises in Haringey play a key role in positively contributing to the community.
Licensees are responsible for following:
- good management practices
- the terms of their licence
- other requirements of the Licensing Act 2003 (Act)
To make sure this happens, our licensing enforcement authority focuses on:
- taking firm action against those who ignore the law or act irresponsibly
- assisting businesses and others in meeting their legal obligations
- quickly acting on issues that concern local communities
The promotion of the 4 licensing objectives is the basis for any enforcement action we take.
The 4 objectives are:
- the prevention of crime and disorder
- public safety
- the prevention of public nuisance
- the protection of children from harm
To ensure the 4 licensing objectives are promoted, we work with the following responsible authorities:
- The Metropolitan Police
- London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority
- the council’s health and safety team
- the council’s planning team
- the council’s trading standards team
- the council’s noise enforcement team
- Local Safeguarding Children Board
- the council's public health
- any other licensing authority for the area
These groups have their own enforcement rules. In some cases, they may take different or extra action to that covered under the Act.
Along with our responsible authority partners, we understand the importance of a consistent approach and the best use of resources. We do this by focusing on premises where problems have taken place.
Our approach is designed to make sure:
- the level of enforcement matches the problem
- support and education are given to the licensee where needed
- firm action is taken against irresponsible licensees
After investigation, if enforcement of conditions or rules is needed, the options are:
- speaking to the licensee
- written warnings
- cautioning the licensee where they have admitted the offences and taken action to end the problem
We, together with the police, can prosecute licensees for failing to follow required and licence conditions.
Responsible authorities can prosecute for the areas they deal with.
The following is taken into account when considering what action to take:
- the seriousness of the offence
- the behaviour of the licensee
- the public interest
Antisocial behaviour (ASB) enforcement team
Our ASB enforcement officers look into serious complaints of antisocial behaviour and take appropriate action.
Premises are rated for their risk. This means inspections are prioritised to those having the biggest impact on the community.
Monitoring of premises also takes place. This is done on premises, or areas, known to be a current, or past, problem.
Trading standards leads and coordinates work on underage alcohol sales issues. They work closely with:
- the police
- licensing enforcement
- various community safety groups
Preventing underage sales - information for the licensee
Please see information about your responsibilities as a licensee and how to prevent underage sales.
A premises licence review application can by made by interested parties such as:
- local resident
- local business
- responsible authority
The review is done by the licensing subcommittee who consider whether the licence should be:
- more conditions added
- suspended for up to three months
- revoked (in exceptional circumstances)
Requesting a review
Find out how to request a review of a premises.
Appealing a review
If you want to appeal a review as a licensee, you must contact Highbury Corner Magistrates Court.
You can report any concerns you have about a premises, such as a pub or a shop.
020 8489 8232
Page last updated:
Tell us what you think about this page
Please use this space to tell us how we can improve this page, or the website in general.
If you have a service problem or complaint you need help with then please visit our contact pages.
* = response required