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Licensing objectives

It is a duty of each Licensing Authority to promote the four licensing objectives as defined in the Licensing Act 2003.

These are:

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

These objectives underpin the Act and have to be taken into account when the authority is carrying out its functions.

The objectives aim to ensure that everybody involved in the licensing regime is focused on common goals. It is important to get a fair balance of the rights of businesses to trade with the rights of communities not to be unduly affected by licensable activities.

As such, a licensing authority may only restrict licensable activities where these factors are involved for example parking is not a licensing objective and cannot be taken into account. Each objective is of equal importance.

Applications must include an operating schedule that outlines steps to be taken to promote the licensing objectives. These steps will become the conditions of the licence for example a premises may say that they will install CCTV and that installation will be a condition of the licence.

Representations and requests for a review of licences must also relate to the promotion of the licensing objectives.

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