Licensing Act Statement of Licensing Policy
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Licensing Act Statement of Licensing Policy

We must publish a statement of licensing policy under Section 5 of the Licensing Act 2003 in consultation with a wide range of people including representatives of existing licence holders, local businesses and local residents. We are required to carry out our licensing functions with a view to promoting four licensing objectives which are:

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

  • The policy covers licensable activities as defined by the Act which are:

  • the retail sale of alcohol
  • the supply of alcohol by or on behalf of a club
  • the provision of regulated entertainment
  • the provision of late night refreshment (between the hours of 11pm and 5am)

  • You can download a copy of our 'Statement of Licensing Policy' from the Documents section. The policy was amended to include a CIP for Armley and approved at a meeting of full Council on 14th September 2016. It is reviewed every five years, or more often if necessary. A copy of the policy can also be found in the Documents section.

    Policy Consultation

    The council is currently consulting on some changes to the Licensing Policy.  

    Until the 8 April 2016 you can comment on a proposal to put in place a cumulative impact policy in Armley.  We would like to know if a CIP in Armley is supported by local residents and businesses and if you think it will help. You could tell us if you think there is something else we can do to help. The consultation documents can be found on this page (Armley CIP Consultation Pack) and packs can be picked up from Armley One Stop Shop.  

    Your comments should be made in writing and sent:  

    • by letter to Entertainment Licensing, Leeds City Council, Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR 
    • or by email to 
    • or by using the online form
    • or by filling in the questionnaire in the Documents section and sending it to Entertainment Licensing, Leeds City Council, Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR  

    In addition to the inclusion of a CIP for Armley, we would like to take the opportunity to make an amendment to the City Centre CIP to remove potential ambiguity about the type of applications the policy applies to.

    The City Centre policy has always applied to all new and variation applications. However an amendment made when the Council changed the CIP to specify red and amber zones for the city centre has introduced an ambiguity at paragraph 7.20 by inferring that the council is only concerned with applications for new licences and those seeking an amendment to vary hours of operation. It is clear in the rest of the section that any new or variation application in the red area will be within scope and we would like to remove the reference to hours in 7.20 to make that clear.

    The amended section of the Statement of Licensing Policy can be found in the Documents section.

    Your comments should be made in writing by the 15th April and sent:


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