Service Update - Essential Maintenance, Licensing

As part of the council’s commitment to continually improve our online services, ICT will be completing essential maintenance to the Licenses public register servers.

This essential maintenance work is scheduled to take place from 4pm on Tuesday 28 November 2017 until 9am Wednesday 29 November 2017.

Access to Licenses public register, including information on Licensing applications in progress and the list of Licenses granted/ issued will be unavailable throughout this period. 

We apologise for any inconvenience, services will be restored as soon as possible.

Licensing Department

The licensing department falls within the service area of Planning and Regulatory Services alongside Environmental Health, Trading Standards, Planning Policy, Development Control and Building Control and reports to the Regulatory Services manager.

The licensing department is responsible for carrying out the council’s functions under relevant licensing legislation in accordance with Council policies, guidance and procedures.

Experienced and qualified licensing staff deal with applications for many different licences, permits, consents, registrations and requests for assistance from both the business and public communities.

In determining the majority of applications, a consultation will take place with the public, statutory authorities, councillors, other council officers and public bodies. To view a list of applications which are currently under consultation, please click here.

The majority of applications are issued by officers. However in circumstances where applications are contested, these are normally determined by the Licensing Committee. The reports and minutes of recent meetings can be viewed by clicking here.

The licensing department ensure that licence conditions are complied with and will investigate allegations of unlicensed activity.  Enforcement action will be taken as necessary, in line with the department’s Enforcement Policy (PDF, 159.12KB, 8 pages).

In general, all licences require an application or annual fee. Many are set by legislation. Those which are not are set by the council and are reviewed on an annual basis.  The fee covers the cost of the administration and compliance of the licence. A list of the council’s licence fees can be viewed by clicking here. 

The council maintains public registers for all licences which have been granted.  A summary of the licences, consents, permits and registrations can be viewed by clicking here.

If you require further clarification please contact the licensing department by using the 'Send a message to this service' found in the contact tab above.