Licensing Act 2003

The Licensing Act of 2003 transferred the administration of Justices' Licences to Local Authorities on the 24 November 2005.

As the licensing authority, the council is responsible for granting premises licenses for the sale and/or supply of alcohol and the provision of regulated entertainment and late night refreshment throughout the borough.

Activities, which require a licence under the conditions of the Act, include:

  • The retail sale of alcohol (including via the internet or mail order)
  • The supply of alcohol to members of a registered club
  • The provision of entertainment to the public or to members of a club or events with a view to making profit to which the public are not admitted (including raising money for charity) where the entertainment involves:
    • a theatrical performance
    • a film exhibition
    • any indoor sporting event including boxing or wrestling
    • the performance of live music
    • the playing of recorded music
    • a 'dance' performance
    • the provision of facilities for dancing or for making music
    • and/or entertainment of a similar nature such as karaoke
  • The supply of any hot food or drink between 23:00 and 05:00 hours.

Licensing policy

We are required to publish a licensing policy every three years detailing how the council will carry out its functions in-line with the Licensing Act 2003.

Licensing Policy 2014 - 2019

The Borough Council must carry out its licensing function whilst promoting four licensing objectives:

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

It also takes into account the promotion of schemes, such as Stevenage Pubwatch, which will encourage licensed premises to become involved in partnership working with the council and other agencies.