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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)
  • 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:

Cumulative Impact Assessment

On 8 March 2021 the council’s Licensing Committee determined to publish a Cumulative Impact Assessment in respect of the city centre area of Bristol.

The assessment will be in force for a period of three years unless reviewed sooner. The assessment, which includes a map of the area which it covers, is available in the Cumulative Impact Assessment (pdf, 566KB) (opens new window)