Licensing policy

Licensing policy

Bristol City Council's licensing policy.

Under the Licensing Act 2003 each Licensing Authority is required to publish a statement of its licensing policy every five years.

Licensing policy

The last full policy review took place in 2013 and came into effect 1 August 2015.

The revised licensing policy and Appendices C and D are available here:

2015 policy review

Due to a number of legislative changes we reviewed our statement of Licensing Policy. The draft policy went before the full council on 21 July 2015 and was approved. It had effect from 1 August 2015.

The revised policy incorporates the following key changes:

  • Reference to the possible introduction of Early Morning Restriction Orders (EMROs) which enable licensing authorities to restrict the sale of alcohol in the whole or a part of their area for any specified time between 12 midnight and 6 am (paragraph 6.5.4)
  • Amended references following new statutory guidance issued by the Secretary of State
  • Removal of terms ‘interested parties’ and ‘vicinities test’ following legislative changes
  • Licensing Authority and Director of Public Health becoming responsible authorities
  • Changes to the lifespan of the Licensing Policy (three years to five years)
  • Additions to the Pool of Conditions document in respect of gas installations and proxy sales
  • Guidance to the Licensing Authority about its role as a responsible authority (para 7)
  • New paragraph relating to enforcement policies (para 9)
  • New paragraph on expectations of applicants when completing application forms including the description of the premises (para 2.14)
  • New paragraph relating to licensing and planning (para 8).