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The Licensing Act 2003

The Licensing Act 2003 changes the way in which the licensing of alcohol and public entertainment is regulated. It brings the provisions which were previously dealt with by several different bodies together under one regime.

Licenses are issued by the district council where the premises are located and they process the applications.

The Trading Standards Department is one of several “responsible bodies” under the Act. This means that if you are applying for a premises licence with a variation, then you must send copies of the application forms to us.  We will then look at these forms and may raise objections if we do not think the four licensing objectives are being satisfied. 

These objectives are:

  • prevention of crime and disorder
  • prevention of public nuisance
  • protection of the environment
  • protection of children from harm

It is this last objective with which we are most concerned. We will be looking to see that your application addresses issues such as the prevention of under age sales. To do this, we would expect to see that you have included provisions about use of appropriate photo ID, staff training, subscribing to the “Challenge 21” campaign, use of refusals books and in some circumstances, even the way in which alcohol is displayed for sale and the use of promotions.

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Last updated: 5 March 2013

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