Licensing Act 2003
The Licensing Act 2003 amalgamated six existing licensing
regimes which covered the sale and supply of alcohol, the
provision of regulated entertainment and the provision of late
night refreshment and replaced them with a single system
of premises licences.
Under the Licensing Act 2003, the following activities will
require a licence:
- Retail sale of alcohol
- Supply of alcohol (for club premises)
- Performance of a play
- Exhibition of a film
- Indoor sporting events
- Boxing or wrestling
- Performance of live music
- Playing of recorded music
- Performance of dance
- Supply of hot food or drink between the hours of 23:00 and
The Act established four statutory licensing objectives that are
paramount when any relevant matters are considered. The
licensing objectives are:
- the prevention of crime and disorder;
- public safety;
- the prevention of public nuisance; and
- the protection of children from harm.
- Premises Licence
Transfer - to transfer a licence from one person to
- Variation of Designated
Premises Supervisor - to change the named DPS on a
- Reviewing a
licence - People who live or
work in the vicinity of a licensed premises are able to ask the
Council to review the licence if they are being adversely affected
by the operation of the licence.
- How to object to a
Licence - The Licensing Act 2003 allows
Responsible Authorities (Police, Environmental Health etc.), and
interested parties to make representations (objections) to the
Licensing Authority about the granting or variation of a Premises
- Personal Licence -
to sell or supply alcohol and/or authorise the
- Premises Licence -
to use a premises for licensable activities.
- Club Premises
Certificate - to allow a qualifying club to engage in
qualifying club activities as set out in Section 1 of the Act.
- Temporary Event
Notice - to carry out licensable activities at a
Every licensing authority is required to publish a public
register giving details of applications, licences and certificates
issued under the Licensing Act 2003.
If the information you require does not appear in the register,
please contact the licensing team via the contact
details at the bottom of this page to ascertain whether
the information you require is available.
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