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Licensing Policies

You will find the following Licensing Policies on this page:

 


Licensing Act 2003

The Licensing Act 2003 requires the Council to prepare and publish a Statement of Licensing Policy and to review this every five years.  The Policy sets out how the Council will handle/administer applications made under the Licensing Act 2003 and how it expects applicants to promote the licensing objectives of:
 

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


pdf icon Licensing Policy [2Mb]



Gambling Act 2005

The Gambling Act 2005 requires the Council to prepare and publish a Statement of Licensing Policy every three years.  The Policy sets out how the Council will handle/administer applications made under the Gambling Act 2005 having regard to the limitations placed upon the Council by the Act.  Under the Act the Council must aim to permit the use of the premises in so far as it thinks it is in accordance with any relevant code practice issued by the Gambling Commission; any relevant guidance issued by the Gambling Commission; reasonably consistent with the licensing objectives of:

 

  • preventing gambling from being a source of crime and disorder, being associated with crime or disorder or being used to support crime
  • ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way
  • protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling;

and in accordance with the Council's Statement of Licensing Policy


pdf icon Gambling Policy [822kb]


Sex Establishment Policy

The Council's Sexual Establishment Policy sets out the Council's proposed approach to regulating sex establishments and the procedures it will adopt in relation to  applications for sex establishment licences.


pdf icon Sex Establishment Policy [228kb]


The Taxi Policy is currently under review and consultations are now welcome

The Council's Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy sets out how the Council will promote the following objectives -

  • the protection of public safety
  • access to an efficient and effective public transport service
  • the protection of the environment
  • to provide and maintain a professional and respected hackney carriage and private hire trade by continued liaison with trade representatives, monitoring of improvements in the standard of service provided

The Council has reviewed its Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy which sets out how the Council will exercise its functions in relation to the licensing of hackney carriage and private hire drivers, operators and vehicles.  Following an extensive period of consultation a small number of changes have been made to the Policy which are marked in bold text.  The Policy can be found online at  pdf icon Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy [905kb]

We would welcome any comments, observations or representations that you may wish to make on these changes; these can be e-mailed to licensingteam@colchester.gov.uk  or made in writing to the Licensing Manager, Environment, 33 Sheepen Road, Colchester CO3 3WG  The closing date for representations is 17 February 2018