Licensing Act 2003

Following our news last week that North Somerset DC lost an appeal in the Magistrates Court due to the fact that they did not follow the prescribed statutory procedure in respect of an application to review a premises licence, this week another Council, Camden, suffered the same fate.

Home Office issue new s.182 guidanceThe Home office has today issued new s.182 guidance for the Licensing Act 2003.

The statutory guidance has been amended to take into account the amendments to schedule 1 on the 2003 Act as a result of The Licensing Act 2003 (Descriptions of Entertainment) (Amendment) Order 2013.


Mu Mu Enterprises v North Somerset District CouncilIn Mu Mu Enterprises v North Somerset District Council (2013) the authority’s sub-committee determined to continue with a review hearing despite failing to advertise the application on its website.

The sub-committee, on the basis that its function was to promote the licensing objectives, dismissed the Mu Mu Enterprises’ argument that the review could not proceed.

The Government has announced that The Licensing Act 2003 (Descriptions of Entertainment) (Amendment) Order 2013 will come into force on the 27th of June.

Attached is the draft section 182 Guidance incorporating the above amendments and the Ministerial statement.

The Licensing Act 2003 (Descriptions of Entertainment) (Amendment) Order 2013A draft order was laid before Parliament on Monday.

At the beginning of the month we reported that the Home Office has amended certain Licensing Act 2003 forms. The amended forms are now available on Licensing Resource.


New Licensing Act 2003 formsAmendments to a number of current Licensing Act 2003 forms have been introduced by the Licensing Act 2003 (Forms) (Amendment) Regulations 2013.

Home Office Alcohol Strategy 2012/3

The alcohol strategy sets out proposals to crackdown on our 'binge drinking' culture, cut the alcohol fuelled violence and disorder that blights too many of our communities, and slash the number of people drinking to damaging levels.

The strategy includes commitments to:

Licensing Act 2003

The Licensing Act 2003 covers the licensing and regulation of the retail sale of alcohol, supply of alcohol at members clubs, regulated entertainment and the provision of late night refreshment.  The Licensing Act came into force on the 24th of November 2005 and consolidated a number of different pieces of legislation into one act and brought the licensing of alcohol, entertainment and  late night refreshment within the remit of Local Authoritie


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