Do you charge for licensing pre-application advice? Why not?The reality of local government is one of no money and diminishing resources where officers are expected to carefully think about how and where they spend their time.  Within this context, can councils afford to continue to provide discretionary services for free if those discretionary services do take up substantial time and can be charged for?


Do you know the Home Office has published a pool of proposed standard conditions?

The non-statutory supporting guidance was issued last year and is considered (by the Home Office at least) to be good practice which broadly reflects the s.182 guidance and covers conditions relating to:

Breach of procedure not fatal to prosecution - Aylesbury Vale DC v Call a Cab Ltd.In an eagerly anticipated judgement that will provide great relief to licensing authorities up and down the country, Mr Justice Ouseley and Lord Justice Treacy ruled that a single breach of a procedural requirement upon which a prosecution depends does not automatically mean that prosecution will fail.


Aylesbury Vale District Council – High Court Appeal AllowedIt was reported today (12 November 2013) that Aylesbury Vale DC successfully appealed against a Magistrates’ Court decision to dismissed the council’s case against an unlicensed operator. 


LGA launch Regulatory Services e-Learning for Councillors The LGA has launched a regulatory services e-learning module for Councillors.  The free module (registration required) aims to help explain to Councillors the ways that they can engage their council's regulatory services to support and meet the needs of local businesses and residents.

Particiaption in Pubwatch “extremely positive outcomes for members” – Leeds University Leeds University was commissioned to evaluate the effectiveness of local Pubwatch schemes (LPS) and establish how important National Pubwatch (NPW) is to scheme members and associates.

The research findings reveal that:

LGA Consult on Draft Licensing Fee Guidance The LGA has launched a consultation on its draft licensing fee guidance.  The draft guidance aims to help councils understand the full breadth of issues that should be considered when setting local licence fees in order to meet legal obligations, ensure licensing services are risk based and focused on local need and pr

Home Office launch Local Alcohol Action Area (LAAA) projectThe Home Office has written to Local Authority Chief Executives inviting expressions of interest to take part in a LAAA project which aims to offer up to 20 areas with high alcohol-related harms help with local initiatives over a 15 month period.

In September Ladbrokes applied to LB Hillingdon for a betting licence in the pedestrian centre of Uxbridge, adjacent to the underground station and the retail heart of the town.  Hillingdon refused the licence based on a number of locational factors:


- that this was a high profile, pedestrian area extensively used by children;

- that it was adjacent to family-oriented cafes;

Environment Agency Guidance Note: Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013The Environment Agency (EA) has produced a guidance note aimed at helping local authorities in carrying out the registration process. 

The guidance note includes:


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