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Statement of Licensing Policy 2024 – 2029 Consultation

Consultation: 16 November to 15 December 2023

We have launched a consultation on the draft Statement of Licensing Policy 2024 – 2029.

The Licensing Authority is required to seek the views from the; responsible authorities, local people, businesses, and other organisations that may be affected by the policy review.

The council welcomes and encourages all interested parties to provide feedback in relation to the content and format of the whole policy.

For more information the current Statement of Licensing Policy 2019 to 2024 can be found on our Licensing Policies page.

Read the draft Statement of Licensing Policy 2024 to 2029.

The consultation will be open from 16 November to 15 December 2023.

To have your comments observations considered, we recommend you respond to this consultation using our online form.

Alternatively, you can download the Word document version of the consultation questionnaire and return it to us by 30 November 2023.

Why we are consulting

Under the Licensing Act 2003 ('the Act'), the council is the licensing authority and is responsible for licensing and overseeing licensable activities as set out in the Act. The Licensing Act 2003 requires the council to prepare and publish a statement of licensing policy with respect to its licensing functions at least every five years.

The council’s current Statement of Licensing Policy came into effect on the 1 April 2019 and will cease to have effect on the 31 March 2024. The council must be in a position to formally adopt a revised policy with effect from 1 April 2024.

In order to satisfy the specific legal requirements, set down in the Act, the council needs to carry out a consultation process on the proposed Statement of Licensing Policy from 16 November 2023 to 15 December 2023.

What the revised policy seeks to achieve

The council has taken the opportunity to revise the content of the policy to reflect the latest guidance issued under the Act and amendments made to the Act itself since the current policy was adopted. The policy also provides practical clarity to existing and potential licence holders and assists council officers to correctly apply the legal provisions of the Licensing Act 2003.

Following the formal consultation process, an analysis of the responses received will be undertaken and the results collated for the Licensing Committee to consider along with the draft policy document in time to ensure the revised policy is in force by the 1 April 2024.