Our aim is to achieve, through the licensing process, a high standard of public safety and animal welfare and to prevent nuisance. To help ensure that this happens, the Council also imposes conditions/restrictions on licence holders which we enforce by inspection and investigation of complaints. We work closely with the Police, Fire Brigade, Building Control and Environmental Health Officers to ensure that public safety is maintained.
The Council will investigate complaints against licensed premises. All complaints must be made in writing or by email. In the first instance, complainants will be encouraged to raise the complaint directly with the licensee or business concerned. The Council may initially arrange a mediation meeting to address, clarify and try to resolve the issues of concern. This process will not override the right of an Interested Party to ask the Council to consider their representation at a hearing, or for any licence holder to decline to participate in a mediation meeting.
We have made the information on these web pages as comprehensive as possible. However, in attempting to simplify the law, certain requirements have been omitted. Full details of what you must do are in the relevant legislation.
Laws can and do change. Information was accurate when produced, but may have changed since. We must advise that only the Courts can give an authoritative opinion on statute law.
A to E
Advertsing Boards (A-boards)
Animal Boarding Establishments
Animal Movement Licences (dealt with by the Council's Trading Standards team)
Artists - Mobile
Busking (dealt with by the Council's Environmental Protection team)
Car Boot Sales (not licenced by us, but permission may be required from the Council's Planning team)
Club Premises Certificates (Licensing Act 2003)
Dangerous Wild Animals
Dog Breeding Establishments
Door Supervisors (no longer dealt with by the Council, but by the Security Industry Agency)
F to K
Game Dealers (no longer dealt with by the Council)
Gaming Machine Permits for Licensed Premises
Hoarding Permits (dealt with by the Council's Highways team)
House to House Charity Collections
Houses in Multiple Occupation (dealt with by the Council's Housing team)
L to P
Licensing Act 2003
Mobile Street Artists
Motor Salvage Operators
Moveable Dwellings (Tents) Sites
Occupy Council Owned Land (dealt with by the Council's Property Services team
Pedlars (not dealt with by the Council, but by the Police)
Personal Licences (Licensing Act 2003)
Premises Licences (Licensing Act 2003)
R to Z
Scaffolding Licences (dealt with by the Council's Highways team)
Scrap Metal Dealers
Skip Licences (dealt with by the Council's Highways team)
Street Collections for Charity
Tables and Chairs on the Highway
Temporary Event Notices
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