Published on 12th September 2019

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The council is reminding people to get their Christmas licensing applications in on time to avoid unnecessary disruption to their plans.

During this time of year leading up to Christmas, there is an increased demand for trading licences and extensions to alcohol licences for functions and parties.

These applications are subject to consultation.  In cases where relevant objections are made, applications are referred to the council’s licensing committee for determination. 

The licensing committee meets once a month and is due to meet next on 6 November and 4 December. 

The council would therefore like to remind people to get their Christmas licensing applications in to ensure that there sufficient time to deal with applications in the event of any objections.  Licensing applications attracting objections cannot be dealt with by officers and cannot be fast tracked by the licensing committee since committee dates have already been scheduled in advance.

It is recommended that applicants allow at least two months for their licensing applications to be determined by the council.  The following deadlines are important for the council to highlight:

-              Applications for the November licensing committee must be submitted by 18 September

-              Applications for the December licensing committee must be submitted by 15 October

Councillor David Willingham, chair of the licensing committee, said: “Where there are objections, the licensing committee is there to ensure that all parties can have their say.  It is an important part of open and transparent local decision making.

“The run up to Christmas is a busy time for the licensing team, and to avoid disappointment, applicants need to meet these deadlines.”

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