Licensing and Gambling Act policy

The Licensing Act 2003

On 25 November 2015, the council assembly approved the Southwark Statement of Licensing Policy for 2016 - 2020 (pdf, 1008kb)

The policy was compiled having had regard to the Act; secondary regulations; the Guidance produced by the Home Office and responses received to the public consultation exercise undertaken earlier this year. It sets out this council’s approach to the licensing of premises and club premises for the sale of alcohol; the provision of regulated entertainment; and the provision of late night refreshment.

The policy comes into effect on 1 January 2016. Applicants for relevant licences are advised to have regard to the content of this policy in preparing a licence application. It contains important information about local cumulative impact policies: appropriate premises operating hours; and best practice management guidance for promoting the four licensing objectives.

The Gambling Act 2005

On 25 November 2015, the council assembly agreed to ‘carry over’ the Southwark Statement of Gambling Licensing Policy (pdf, 518kb) for the period 2016-2019.

The policy was due for renewal but this coincided with the release by the Gambling Commission of its latest Guidance to local licensing authorities. Because the new release contains both additional and developed information that is central to the revision of this authority’s policy, the decision to ‘carry over’ the policy was taken to enable a full review of the policy to take place in 2016.

Licence suspensions

Premises licence suspension for non-payment of annual fees

It's very important that all premises licence holders understand that annual licence fees in respect of premises licences and club premises certificates must now be paid within 21 days of the due date or the licence will be subject of suspension.

If the fee is not paid in the time allowed a formal notice will be served by the council. The licensee must then stop providing any activity covered by the licence at the premises concerned. The suspension continues until such time as the fee is paid. Failure to comply with the suspension notice constitutes an offence in law.

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Page last updated: 16 November 2017