Decision Maker: Cabinet, Council
Decision status: Recommendations approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
Section 5 of the Licensing Act 2003 requires a Licensing Authority to prepare and publish its Licensing Policy at least every five years. Such a Policy must be published before the Authority carries out any function in respect of individual applications and notices made under the Act.
The Council received the report circulated with the agenda (copy attached to the official minutes). Mr Barrow (Cabinet Member for Environment), seconded by Mr Ridd, introduced the debate.
He explained that the Licensing Act 2003 required every local Licensing Authority to publish a Statement of Policy with respect to its licensing functions every five years. The Council’s current Policy expired on 7 January 2016 and a new policy must be approved and published before the Council carried out any licensing functions under the Act.
A public consultation exercise on a draft Policy had been undertaken between 27July and 5 October 2015, responses to which were appended to the report. In consequence, some minor changes to the draft were proposed for the Council’s approval.
Mr Shaxson drew attention to response LA1 from Ballards Brewery in respect of the notice period for Temporary Event Notices. Whilst acknowledging that the 28 days notice period was a recommendation, he hoped that the minimum statutory requirements of ten or five working days would not become a default position that was used too often.
That the revised Statement of Licensing Policy 2016 – 2021, incorporating the changes referred to in Appendix A, be approved and published.
Report author: Mr Laurence Foord
Publication date: 21/01/2016
Date of decision: 15/12/2015
Decided at meeting: 15/12/2015 - Council