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Licensing Policy

The Licensing Act 2003 requires the Licensing Authority to determine and publish its Licensing Policy at least every 5 years. The Statement of Licensing Policy sets out the principles that the authority will apply when exercising its functions under the Licensing Act 2003.

The previous revision of the policy was determined in December 2014 so was not due for review until 2019.  However, the authority assessed that policy and took the decision to review the policy early as it is believed that there are emerging issues that should be addressed. In particular, the links between alcohol misuse and its impact on public health.

Through the implementation of its licensing policy, East Herts Council aims to effectively integrate its aims and the four licensing objectives with other initiatives that will:

  • Reduce crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour
  • Promote public safety
  • Prevent public nuisance
  • Protect children from harm
  • Promote public health
  • Reduce drug and alcohol misuse
  • Reduce the burden of unnecessary regulation on business

Applicants, licence holders and those selling or supplying alcohol, providing late night refreshment or regulated entertainment should refer to the policy as it will give them a clearer understanding of what is expected of them. The policy encourages responsible businesses and operators whilst giving the authority a strong basis to deal with issues that may arise from activities authorised under the Licensing Act 2003.

The revised policy came into force on August 1st 2016 and it will be referred to in relation to all applications under the Licensing Act 2003 made after that date.

The policy is kept under constant review so if you have any comments please submit them in writing to: or by post to: Licensing, East Herts Council, Wallfields, Pegs Lane, Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG13 8EQ.