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Licensing policy in consultation

Published February 12, 2019 11.16am

A review of County Durham's licensing policy has been put out for consultation.

We are reviewing its Statement of Licensing and seeking views on the existing one. The current policy, which was published in 2014, expires this year and in order for the council to fulfil its statutory obligations it needs to adopt a new policy before the end of October.

A public consultation will run for 12 weeks, until Friday, 3 May. During this period, statutory consultees, individuals, agencies and organisations that may be affected by the policy, are invited to comment.

Find out how you can have your say on our consultations page.

The policy is there to provide advice to businesses and the public on the council's overall position concerning the Licensing Act 2003. It also creates the basis of the decision-making framework for the council's licensing committee.

The policy will seek to promote the following four licensing objectives:

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

Balance needs

Cllr Brian Stephens, our Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, said: "We are seeking views on our Statement of Licensing Policy and are considering any proposals that may lead to improvements in our policy and decision making process.

"It's important that our licensing policy balances the legitimate needs of businesses in the county, and the demand for leisure and cultural activities, alongside the need to protect those that could possibly be adversely affected."

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