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Alcohol Licensing under the Licensing Act 2003

The new Licensing regime is now in place and responsibility for all liquor licensing has transferred from Magistrates Courts to Local Councils.

NB: The transition period for the Licensing Act 2003 is now over.  All new premises licencesclub premises certificates  temporary event notices and personal licences are in force.  Anyone carrying on licensable activities without the appropriate new authorisation risks closure or prosecution.

More information about the Licensing Act 2003 can be found at the Home Office website

The Act sets out four main licensing objectives which the Council has a duty to promote in

determining applications:

  • Prevention of Crime and Disorder
  • Public Safety
  • Prevention of Public Nuisance
  • Protection of Children from Harm  (Underage Alcohol Sales)

 

Each of the objectives is considered to be of equal importance.

Dudley MBC Licensing Policy

The Licensing Policy is a document that sets out how Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council will carry out its licensing function for the next three years and how it proposes to uphold the four licensing objectives and other initiatives at local level. The Act makes provision for this policy to be the subject of consultation and the list of consultees is attached at Appendix B of the document. The Council will review this policy at least every three years and consult on any proposed revisions.

The current Licensing Policy document can be found at the foot of this page.

Review of The Licensing Policy Consultation for the review of the Licensing Policy took place between May 2010 to the 31st August 2010. Following the consultation the Licensing Policy was then considered and approved by the Licensing and Safety Committee on the 8th September 2010, and by Cabinet on the 27th October 2010, and finally amended and approved by full Council on the 29th November 2010. 

Application forms

Application forms for the all licences that relate to the Licensing Act 2003 can be downloaded and printed from the Home Office web site. Completed forms should be submitted to the relevant licensing authority. In Dudley, the application form should be forwarded to the Licensing Office. If you require the form to be checked prior to submission please call us first to arrange an appointment for you using the Contact Details box below. 

Online Applications You can now apply and pay for your application online.

Please use the Service Request Form link below in the Contact Details box to apply online for Premises, Clubs or Temporary Event related licences. Before making an online application please make sure you have the relevant application form downloaded and completed from the Home Office website and that you have the relevant documents (e.g. plans) ready as these will be uploaded with your online application.  

Service of Notice on Responsible Authorities

Please remember, if 'Responsible Authorities' are not notified, applications will be deemed incomplete. There is a  list of Responsible Authorities and their contact details who need to be notified.

Environmental Health Guidelines to meet Licensing Objectives

Environmental Health Guidance to assist applicants to decide what should be included in their Operating Schedule for Premises with respect to addressing the Licensing Objective of Public Safety - this list is not exhaustive. The document can be found at the foot of this page.

Fees

Information about Fee Levels can be found on the Home Office web site. The Licensing Act 2003 ("The Act") provides for fees to be payable to the licensing authority in respect of the discharge of their functions. The fee levels are set centrally by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, at a level to allow licensing authorities full cost recovery for the administration, inspection and enforcement of the new regime.

Centrally set fees removes the previous inconsistencies in fee levels and creates a fair and level playing field across England and Wales.

Changes to acceptance of payments

Following the banks withdrawal of the use of Cheque Guarantee Cards to ‘guarantee’ payment of a cheque the council has revised its policy in relation to payment by cheque.

In accordance with that policy please note that the Licensing Office cannot accept payment of fees by cheque from the 1st  August 2011 for the following applications :-

  • Personal Licences

  • Temporary Event Notice

  • Interim Authority

  • Change of name/address for any licences/certificates/permits

  • Copy of any licences/certificates/permits/temporary event notices

Fees can be paid in cash or by debit/credit card.

What if I wish to object to a licence application?

Under the new Licensing Act 2003, residents can now object to a new licensed premise application and a Variation Application (e.g. - an extension of hours). If you wish to make representations with regards to a particular licence this can be done from the current Licences Awaiting Approval for new applications and Variation of Premises Licence list for Variations. Please note that all objections must be received within 28 days of the application being posted.

What happens if my Licence Circumstances change?

Please notify the Licensing Office immediately using the Contact Details box below.

Frequently Asked Questions

This list of frequently asked questions is not exhaustive, and some of the information given is an interpretation of current Government guidelines.

Comments or Feedback

We would welcome any comments or feedback, these can be emailed to us using the Contact Details below.

Results of our survey of Premises / Personal Licence holders can be found in the Related Documents section of that web page.

Contacting the Licensing Office

Please note that the Licensing office moved in July 2014 and the new address is :-

Law & Governance, Unit 1, Hurst Business Park, Narrowboat Way, Brierley Hill, DY5 1UF

telephone 01384 815489 or 01384 815377

fax 01384 812630

The office is open from 8.00am to 4.00pm daily. Applicants are seen by appointment only.

Disabled users of our service, please note that if possible could you contact us to make an appointment before visiting our offices, to enable us to meet your needs.

Contact Details

  • Name Licensing Team
  • Address Dudley MBC, Law & Governance, 5 Ednam Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 1HL
  • Telephone 01384 815489 or 01384 815377
  • Fax 01384 815325