The aim of Licensing is to protect the public.  This is done through the acceptance and refusal of applications for a licence, consent, permit or registration. 

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The Licensing Partnership Group meets monthly. This is attended by Licensing, Trading Standards, Environmental Health and Legal Officers and the Police

Taxi Licensing Liaison Group – meets quarterly with invitation sent to all vehicle proprietors and Police. It is also attended by  the Transport Planning Officer.

The role of elected Members

The Council decides on Licensing Policy which officers then deliver to members of the public.

The Cabinet Member with the Neighbourhood Services and Community Safety Portfolio, is responsible for licensing.

The Scrutiny Committees may consider any aspect of licensing for scrutiny.

The Licensing Committee meets every 6 weeks and is made up of thirteen elected members. It has a quasi-judicial role making decisions upon a range of licence applications and reviews. Applications under the Licensing Act 2003 and the Gambling Act 2005 are dealt with by a sub committee of 3 members of the Licensing Committee.

The Council's enforcement policy [pdf document]