The Licensing Act 2003 came fully into force on the 24th November 2005.
The Licensing Unit at Sedgemoor District Council administers the licensing regime, and follows the Council's licensing policy that promotes the Licensing Objectives set out below:
Under the Act, any of the following "licensable activities" will require a licence:
"Regulated entertainment" includes the performance of a play, an exhibition of a film, an indoor sporting event, a boxing or wrestling entertainment, a performance of live music, any playing of recorded music, a performance of dance.
You will need a licence from Sedgemoor District Council if the premises is situated in the Sedgemoor area and you wish to provide the following Licensable activities:
Applicants must not be under 18 years of age.
Any premises licence issued in respect of an application made on or after 6 April 2017 will become invalid if the holder ceases to be entitled to work in the UK.
Applicants must demonstrate that they have an entitlement to work in the UK and are not subject to a condition preventing them from doing work relating to the carrying on of a licensable activity.
Any of the following may apply for a premises licence:
Applications for the Sedgemoor District should be sent to the Licensing Unit, Environmental Services, Sedgemoor District Council, Bridgwater House, Kings Square, Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 3AR .
Applications must be in a specific format and be accompanied by any required fee. An Operating Schedule, plan of the premises and a consent form from the Designated Premises Supervisor (for applications where the sale of alcohol will be a licensable activity) must also be included.
An Operating Schedule will include details of:
For new, provisional statements or full variation applications a notice must be displayed on the premises for a period of 28 consecutive days starting from the day after the day the application is made to the Licensing Authority. The Notice must be to the specified size and colour (light blue).
A notice must also be displayed in a local newspaper circulating in the area to which the premises relate. The notice must contain the same information as the notice on the premises. It must be displayed in the newspaper within 10 working days from the day the application is made. The notice only has to appear once in the local paper. Please note that if the requirements of these notices are not met the Licensing Authority may require you to re-advertise and the 28 day consultation period will recommence.
The objection period for new, provisional statements or full variation applications is 28 days. If no representations are made in this time the application must be granted as applied for by the Licensing Authority. If representations are made and they cannot be resolved the matter will be considered by the Licensing panel at a Hearing which must be held within 20 working days of the end of the objection period. In considering the application the Panel will have regard to the evidence placed before them by all parties and to the effect of the application on the promotion of the licensing objectives. If a Hearing is held the licence can be granted or granted subject to additional conditions, licensable activities listed in the application can be excluded or the application can be rejected. The Licensing Authority will notify the applicant, any person who has made relevant representations and the Chief of Police of its decision. For minor variations the objection period is 10 working days. If no representations are made in this time the application must be granted as applied for by the Licensing Authority. If valid representations are received there is no right to a Hearing and the application is refused.
For new, provisional statements or full variation applications a notice must be served on all the Relevant Authorities [236.98KB] .
A notice is also required for a minor variation application. The notice must meet the statutory requirements and be no smaller than A4 size on white paper. However, unlike full variations the consultation period is reduced for these applications. The notice has to be displayed on the premises for a period of 10 working days from the day after the application is made. No newspaper public notice is required for minor variations and responsible authorities will only be consulted if considered necessary. The Government has issued guidance in relation to minor variations.
A statutory fee is payable upon application. The minor variation fee is £89.
Applications can also be made to vary a designated premises supervisor (DPS) or transfer a licence. A Hearing may be held if representations are made. Other applications that can be made are applications for an interim authority notice following the death, incapacity or insolvency of a licence holder or review applications.
Yes. If Sedgemoor District Council does not respond to an application within the target completion period shown above (or following an extension), the authorisation will be deemed to have been granted tacitly unless different arrangements are in place that are justified by an Overriding Reason of Public Interest.
You can find out how to apply on-line and obtain further information in this guidance document: Apply for a Premises Licence on GOV.UK
You can apply for a new premises licence, provisional statement or interest in a licensed premises, or vary an existing licence. Premises licence application forms are available using the link below and can be printed, completed and posted with the relevant fee.
If an application for a licence is refused the applicant can appeal. Appeals can be made to a Magistrates' Court within 21 days of notice of the decision.
A licence holder may also appeal to the Magistrates' Court (within 21 days of notice of the decision on the application) against any decision made by the Licensing Authority including any conditions attached to a licence, a decision to reject a variation application, a decision to reject a transfer application or a decision to exclude an activity or person as Designated Premises Supervisor.
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