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LGA Publishes Licensing Act 2003 Handbook for Councillors


LGA Publishes Licensing Act 2003 Handbook for Councillors

 The Local Government Association has published two new licensing handbooks in support of Licensing Authorities.


Licensing Act 2003 - Councillor’s handbook (England and Wales)

In 2016 the Government published the Modern Crime Prevention Strategy which, amongst other things, set out a vision for how the Government planned to address alcohol-related crime and disorder in the night time economy and, in particular, promotes the role that partnership working can play in addressing issues.

The LGA are pleased that since the strategy was published we have seen some further steps towards encouraging more localised approaches in licensing, for example new powers under the Policing and Crime Act 2017 mark a positive step in terms of giving licensing authorities the power to make assessments at a local level about what interventions could be helpful. However, there is still more that can be done locally to strengthen approaches to licensing and they hope this handbook will act as a helpful tool for licensing authorities in carrying out their functions under the Licensing Act.

You can find the handbook at the following link:

Licensing Act 2003 -  Councillor's Handbook England & Wales


Approaches to managing the night-time economy

As licensing authorities, councils play an important role in regulating the night-time economy. A clear vision for the night-time, underpinned by a statement of licensing policy, can go a long way to setting the right tone, but it is the partnership approaches which have been held up as being most effective.

This publication brings together examples of initiatives driven by councils and their partners which have sought to address the issues they have faced locally.

Approaches to Managing the Night-Time Economy