Alcohol and Entertainment

Please note:  from 1 April 2016, some areas of the town centre are subject to a Special Cumulative Impact Policy. You will need to consider this when making an application. Please refer to our Statement of Licensing Policy before submitting an application.

 The Licensing Act 2003 came into force in November 2005 and transferred responsibility for the regulation of the following activities to local councils (known as the licensing authority):-

  • Sale/supply of alcohol for consumption on or off premises
  • Regulated entertainment including live or recorded music,plays,films
    dancing,boxing and wrestling,and indoor sporting events.
  • 'Late Night Refreshment', that is the sale or supply of hot food or drink from 11pm till 5am

The Licensing Objectives

The four objectives are:-

  • Prevention of public nuisance
  • Prevention of crime and disorder
  • Protection of children from harm
  • Public Safety

The Responsible Authorities

The applicant must forward a copy of any new and full variation application for a 'Premises Licence' or 'Club Premises Certificate' to the 'Responsible Authorities' . However if the application is submitted elcetronically the Licensing Authority is required to carry out this procedure.


There are a number of different licences that can be applied for under the Licensing Act 2003 namely:-

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  • New arrangements for Personal Licences due for renewal. Please read our 2015 Factsheet for licence holders.


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