Statement of Licensing Policy
What the policy covers?
What are licensable activities:
- The sale and supply of alcohol, e.g. pubs, restaurants, clubs and off licences
- Public music and dancing, e.g. live music, providing a dance floor for customers
- Indoor sport
- Boxing and wrestling
- Film exhibitions including cinemas
- Plays including theatres
- Late night refreshment - the sale of hot food and drink between 11pm and 5am such as takeaways and restaurants which open late in the evening
Why do you license these activities?
The Government introduced the Licensing Act 2003 to promote its four licensing objectives:
- The prevention of crime and disorder
- The prevention of public nuisance
- The protection of children from harm
- Public safety
How does the licensing process work?
Anyone who applies to us for a licence must complete an Operating Schedule detailing how they will run the premises. The Operating Schedule states the hours they wish to provide licensable activities, what activities they wish to provide, and the conditions they will comply with in order to promote the licensing objectives.
People who live near or run a business near licensed premises can object to new licences, or variations of licences, being granted. They can also seek reviews of existing licences. The same applies to local Councillors, and certain authorities such as the Metropolitan Police. In all cases, objections and review applications must relate to one or more of the four licensing objectives.
If we receive objections to an application or an application to review a licence, we must send the application to a Licensing Sub Committee to determine. The Licensing Sub Committee comprises of Elected Members who listen to evidence from both sides at a public hearing before making a decision. The Licensing Sub Committee can grant the licence, add conditions to it, restrict the hours of operation or the types of activities that can be carried out, or refuse the application. In the case of a review, they may also suspend or revoke the licence, as well as adding or amending conditions.
A relevant person aggrieved by our decision may lodge an appeal against it with the Magistrates Court. A licence holder who breaches the conditions of their licence can be prosecuted in the Magistrates Court.
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