Licensing Act

This section provides information and links relating to the Licensing Act 2003.

  • People who sell alcohol;
  • premises that supply alcohol or late night refreshments; or
  • premises that provide 'regulated' entertainment

need to apply to the Council for a premises licence or club premises certificate.

Renewing a Personal Licence

The Government is aiming to remove the requirement for personal licence holders to renew their licence every 10 years through the Deregulation Bill, which is currently before Parliament. The first personal licences were granted in February 2005. However, the Bill is unlikely to receive Royal Assent before the tenth anniversary of the date on which the first personal licences were granted.

To ensure that personal licence holders are not disadvantaged by this position, the Government will introduce new arrangements through secondary legislation for those whose licences are due for renewal before the proposal in the Bill comes into force. Read the factsheet below if this affects you.

Online licensing applications

Government-issued application forms and advice

Online complaints form

See also

Council's Licensing statement of policy (PDF) objectives:

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

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