Licensing Act 2003 - Brief Introduction - Aims of the new Licensing System
The Licensing Act 2003 introduced changes to the way in which premises that sell alcohol or provide public entertainment and late night refreshment are licensed.
Each Licensing authority produced a Licensing Policy Statement which laid down how they assess each application.
The above legislation received Royal Assent in July 2003, and applications for new licences were accepted after the 7 February 2005.
Premises such as pubs, clubs, bars, restaurants, off licences, supermarkets, cinemas and theatres, village halls and community halls were all affected. Also premises, vehicles and mobile structures selling hot food and hot drinks between the hours of 23.00hrs and 05.00hrs need to be licensed.
Each Licensing Authority has produced a Licensing Policy Statement which lays down how they assess each application and how the four licensing objectives are met. The four licensing objectives are:
Local residents and business owners near licensed premises or their representative, have the opportunity under the new Licensing Act to make representations regarding applications for new licences and are able to request reviews of existing licences.
If you would like to discuss any of the above matters or require further information regarding any licensing matter please contact us.