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Licensing Policies


View the council's policy on Licensing, Gambling and Taxis

Sedgemoor District Council (the Council) is the licensing authority under the Licensing Act 2003 (the Act). It is empowered to administer the following in respect of the sale and/or supply of alcohol, the provision of regulated entertainment and late night refreshment within the District:

  • premises licences including provisional statements, variations, transfers, interim authorities and reviews
  • club premises certificates
  • temporary events notices
  • personal licences

The Licensing Act 2003

The Licensing Act 2003 requires the Council to prepare and publish a Statement of Licensing Policy and to review this every five years.  The Policy sets out how the Council will handle/administer applications made under the Licensing Act 2003 and how it expects applicants to promote the licensing objectives of:
 

  • prevention of crime and disorder
  • public safety
  • prevention of public nuisance
  • protection of children from harm

The policy will be reviewed as necessary and at least every five years.

Gambling Act 2005

The Gambling Act 2005 requires the Council to prepare and publish a Statement of Licensing Policy every three years.  The Policy sets out how the Council will handle/administer applications made under the Gambling Act 2005 having regard to the limitations placed upon the Council by the Act.  Under the Act the Council must aim to permit the use of the premises in so far as it thinks it is in accordance with any relevant code practice issued by the Gambling Commission; any relevant guidance issued by the Gambling Commission; reasonably consistent with the licensing objectives of:

  • preventing gambling from being a source of crime and disorder, being associated with crime or disorder or being used to support crime
  • ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way
  • protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling;and in accordance with the Council's Statement of Licensing Policy.

The Taxi Policy

The Council's Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy sets out how the Council will promote the following objectives:

  • the protection of public safety
  • access to an efficient and effective public transport service
  • the protection of the environment
  • to provide and maintain a professional and respected hackney carriage and private hire trade by continued liaison with trade representatives, monitoring of improvements in the standard of service provided.

The Taxi policy will be regularly reviewed.


We aim to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation at all times.  To see how we handle personal information, please ensure that you have read our Privacy Notice.

If you are not satisfied with the way your personal information is handled please contact the Data Protection Officer at foi@sedgemoor.gov.uk


Have your say on our new Licensing Policy

There is a requirement for Sedgemoor District Council to review its Statement of Licensing Policy every five years. The Policy document sets out our approach to the Council's licensing functions in accordance with the Licensing Act 2003.

pdf Licensing Policy 2014 [393.94KB] pdf Taxi Licensing Policy November 2016 [236.49KB] pdf Statement of Gambling Policy [805.86KB]