Complaints and reporting offences
Any licensed premises must promote the licensing objectives.
- Prevention of crime and disorder;
- Public safety;
- Prevention of public nuisance; and
- Protection of children from harm.
More information can be found in the Councils Licensing policy
On occasion there can be cases where the operation of a licensed premise conflicts with the requirements of licensable activities.
If you wish to complain about the operation of premises you should contact the Licensing Authority.
The Licensing Authority will look to encourage compliance with all licensed premises in an effective manner which often involves partnership working and informal action, including inspections, visit and discussions.
Where necessary, formal action can be taken which can result in prosecutions. These can carry unlimited fines and up to six months imprisonment.
Licensed premises can also be reviewed which may result in the licence or certificate being amended, suspended or revoked although this is usually considered a last resort. The Licensing Authority would expect the licensed premises to take action to ensure this stage is not reached.
The Licensing Act makes provision for 'responsible authorities' or ‘other persons’ to request that a premise licence or club premise certificate be reviewed. Other Persons, as defined in the Licensing Act 2003, include: residents, businesses, Town/ Parish Councils Ward Members etc
It is highly recommended that anyone considering an application for a review, to contact the Licensing Authority in the first instance. More information is available in the following Guidance for the review of a premises licence or club premises certificate (PDF, 113KB)
Any enforcement action will have regard to the Council’s Enforcement Policy (PDF, 102KB)
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Last Updated: 11 February 2020