The Licensing Act 2003 – Statement of Principles (Policy)

Closed 13 Jul 2020

Opened 20 Apr 2020


Under the Licensing Act 2003, the Licensing Authority is required to publish a statement of principles (policy) which will define the principles they will apply in exercising its licensing functions under the Act.

The aim of the policy is to promote the following four core licensing objectives:

· Prevention of Crime and Disorder

· Public Safety

· Prevention of Public Nuisance

· Protection of Children from Harm

The Licensing Authority is currently reviewing the Statement of Licensing Policy and we would therefore welcome your comments.

It is important to note the different roles the Licensing Authority and the Planning Authority play in the administration of the legislation when commenting on the Licensing Act policy document.

The Planning Authority’s role in the Licensing Act relates to the granting of planning permission and in particular planning permission for licensed premises of varying types, they will deal with permissions under their own legislation and any local plans.

Decisions by the Licensing Authority must be made in accordance with the four core licensing objectives.

The purpose of the document is to:

· Provide guidance to the licensed business sector when making applications within Sheffield;

· Provide a clear, consistent basis for determining licence applications in Sheffield, and assist Councilors with decision making for these applications;

· Allow the relevant views and concerns of those affected by licensed premises to be taken into consideration appropriately;

· Allow Responsible Authorities to provide a proportionate, preventative and evidence based approach in assisting new and existing operators to provide a safe and varied licensing offer within Sheffield;

· Support wider strategies of the City Council and provide a common sense and equal approach to the Licensed industry within the city.

What Happens Next

Once the consultation has concluded, the Licensing Authority will review all comments and make any necessary amendments. This will then be presented to the Licensing Committee for approval before being placed before Cabinet and then finally Full Council, for approval.

The final policy document will be published and effective in January 2021 and will be available on the Sheffield City Council Licensing Service webpage.


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