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Licensing policy

Licensing policy

Bristol City Council's licensing policy.

Licensing policy

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

The last full policy review took place in 2019 and the policy will come into effect on 1 August 2020.  

The revised licensing policy, pools of conditions and template operating schedules are available here:

The revised policy incorporates the following key changes:

  • Introduction of Cumulative Impact Assessments into the Licensing Act 2003 (para 6.3.6)

We have decided not to publish a Cumulative Impact Assessment Policy at this time.  However we are considering publishing a Cumulative Impact Assessment Policy in respect of the city centre area of Bristol.  A consultation is currently underway and will run from 2 September 2020 to 28 October 2020. Visit the Consultation Hub for more information and to take part in the consultation.

  • The removal of the Model Operating Schedules from the Statement of Licensing Policy, Template Operating Schedules will be published separate from the policy to help inform applicants (para 2.14). 
  • The importance of integration with other relevant local strategies (para 2.15)
  • The adoption of the Agent of Change principle into the policy (para 8.1)

A list of all amendments is available to download here:

2015 to 2020 Licensing Policy

The existing Statement of Licensing Policy which remains current until midnight on 31 July 2020 is available here