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Licensing Act 2003

Here you will find information on the various types of application that the licensing authority process under the Licensing Act 2003.

The Licensing Act 2003 licences

Sale or supply of Alcohol

  • Sale by retail
  • Supply by or on behalf of a club to a member of the club

Regulated Entertainment

  • A performance of a play
  • An exhibition of a film
  • An indoor sporting event
  • A boxing or wrestling entertainment (indoor and outdoor)
  • Performance of live music
  • Any playing of recorded music
  • A performance of dance
  • Entertainment of a similar description to that falling within the performance of live music, the playing of recorded music and the performance of dance

Late Night Refreshment

  • Provision of late night refreshment (hot food/drink)

Late night refreshment is only licensable between 11pm and 5am the following morning.

The Licensing Authority will determine and issue

In exercising certain functions under the Licensing Act 2003, licensing authorities must have regard to the licensing objectives:

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

Experience shows that applications submitted without prior consultation with the Responsible Authorities or the local community can attract a high number of representations resulting in a Licensing Panel Hearing. 

Applicants are advised to consult people affected by the proposals before submitting an application, for example by speaking to the Responsible Authorities, nearby residents and or community groups to discuss your proposals. 

Prior to making an application, applicants will need to have regard to the Nottingham City Council Licensing Policy.