Licensing Act 2003
The Licensing Act 2003 (the Act), licences the sale of alcohol, the provision of late night refreshment, the provision of entertainment by way of live and recorded music, films, plays, dancing, boxing and wrestling, indoor sporting events and provision of facilities for dancing and making music. The Act came into force on 24th November 2005 and replaced licences issued for public entertainment (under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982), cinemas (under the Cinemas Act 1985), Theatres (under the Theatres Act 1968) and indoor sporting events (under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982). These licences are no longer valid.
Licences, applications, objections, complaints
Visit the Licensing Act 2003 page to:
- search licences issued
- search current applications
- object to applications
- make a complaint
- apply for a licence (including temporary events)
NEW: Important changes to the Licensing Act 2003
The Police Reform and Social Responsibilities Act 2011 introduced some changes to the Licensing Act 2003 (the Act), commencing on the 25th April 2012. The changes are:
- If licensed premises do not pay their annual fee on the due day, the licensing authority must suspend their licence to operate. All premises have been sent an letter detailing the changes.
- Changes have been made to the Temporary Event Notice form and to the conditions governing their submission. More on Temporary Events Notices
- Anyone may now make representations against applications for, or variations to, premises licences and also may request a review of a licence. They no longer have to live in the 'vicinty' of the premises as before. Making representations (PDF)
Visit the door supervisors page for an explanation of who you need to register with.
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