Licensing Act 2003
The Licensing Act 2003 is a single system for licensing premises that are used for the sale or supply of alcohol, providing regulated entertainment or late night refreshment.
The types of licensable activities are:-
- the retail sale of alcohol including via the internet and mail order
- the supply of alcohol to members of a registered club
- the supply of hot food and/or drink between 11pm and 5am
- the provision of regulated entertainment, such as:-
- indoor sporting events
- boxing or wrestling
- live music
- recorded music
- anything similar to the above
The activities listed above can only be provided in accordance with one of the following:-
- premises licence
- club premises certificate
- temporary event notice (TEN)
Anyone over the age of 18 who wishes to sell alcohol or authorise the sale of alcohol at a premises where a premises licence is in force requires a personal licence
Statement of Licensing Policy
The Licensing Act 2003 requires that the Council must publish a Statement of Licensing Policy, which much must be reviewed regularly, that sets out the policies the Council will generally apply to promote the four licensing objectives when making a decision on an application made in accordance with the Act. The licensing objectives are:-
- the prevention of crime and disorder
- the prevention of public nuisance
- the protection of children from harm
- public safety
Licensing enforcement officers carry out routine inspections of licensed premises, based on risk assessment criteria, to ensure that conditions are being complied with and that safe working practices are being maintained. If you have any concerns regarding a licensed premises, please contact the Licensing Team.
Licensing Forum and 'Licensing News' Newsletter
Guidance issued under the Licensing Act 2003 states that it is good practice for licensing authorities to set up liaison groups with licence holders and interested parties to discuss pertinent licensing issues. As such, Blaenau Gwent has set up a licensing forum and produces regular newsletters, in conjunction with the Council's Community Safety partnership.
The meetings are currently held on an annual basis but ad hoc meetings will be called as and when necessary. The meetings provide a means to work together in delivering the key licensing objectives under the Act.
The newsletter is published on a bi-annual basis and includes items relevant to the licensed trade, submitted by the licensing team, trading standards, environmental health, the Police etc. Licensees are also encouraged to submit articles of interest by writing to the Licensing Team with their ideas.
Proxy Purchasing of Alcohol
Blaenau Gwent Licensing and Trading Standards Officers continue to patrol the County Borough jointly with Gwent Police in an attempt to reduce anti social behaviour and licensing offences. During recent patrols, a large amount of alcohol was seized off young people.
It has been identified that in some cases adults have purchased the alcohol on behalf of the under age people.
The purchase of alcohol on behalf of persons under 18 is a criminal offence.
Please read the attached poster for further information.