Licensing Policy consultation 2013

This consultation is now closed

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 and the Live Music Act 2012 have made a number of amendments to the Licensing Act 2003 and the Home Office has issued revised guidance under section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003 which Local Authorities need to have regard to.

As a result of this, the council’s Statement of Licensing Policy no longer reflects the legislation or guidance in all respects. This statement sets out the general approach the Authority will be taking when making licensing decisions during the five year period up to December 2018.

All licensing authorities are required to prepare and publish a statement of the principles that they propose to apply in exercising their functions under the Licensing Act 2003 (the ‘Act’) every five years.

Tower Hamlets Council’s current Statement of Licensing Policy has effect between December 2010 and December 2013.
The document sets out the policy that the Licensing Authority will apply when making decisions about applications for:

  • the retail sale of alcohol
  • the wholesale of alcohol to members of the public
  • the supply of alcohol to members of registered clubs
  • the provision of regulated entertainment
  • the provision of hot food or hot drink between 11pm and 5am.

Tower Hamlets Council has produced a document highlighting the draft policy changes for consultation and wishes to take into account the views of the Police, Fire Authority, people who represent holders of premises, personal licences and people who represent local businesses and residents.

The current review considers legislative changes made subsequent to adoption by the Council of the current policy. The changes respond in the main to guidance and regulatory change from central government during the course of the last three years. The proposals address the following:

  • Relaxation in the licensing regime arising from the Live Music Act 2012
  • Administration of Late temporary events notices
  • Role of the licensing authority as a responsible authority
  • Licence suspensions where fees have not been paid
  • The arrangements for liaison with Public Health and Environmental Health as responsible authorities
  • Late Night Levy consideration
  • Early Morning Restriction Orders
  • Cumulative Impacts are being consulted on separately but will eventually be included in the Licensing Policy

The consultation is based on the existing Policy and the proposals in the draft policy changes matrix. Where current text is being revised or deleted this has been highlighted in yellow on the existing policy.

There is also useful background information available on the Early Morning Restriction Orders and Late Night Levy.

You are invited to view the draft policy changes matrix and the current Statement of Licensing Policy and return any comments or observations via the survey. The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.
The consultation will run from April 5 to May 10, 2013.

Take part in the consultation

This consultation is now closed. Thank you for taking part in the consultation.

For further information on the consultation please contact David Tolley, Head of Consumer and Business Regulations Service, on 020 7364 6724 or email

April 5, 2013