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Ribble Valley Borough Council

Licensing Act 2003 (alcohol, entertainment etc.)

Licensing Policy Statement



The Authority recognises that the entertainment/leisure industry is a major contributor to the economy and cultural development of the Borough. The Authority wishes to encourage licensees to provide a wide range of entertainment activities within the Borough throughout their opening hours to promote live music, dance, theatre etc for the wider cultural benefit of the community.

The Authority will endeavour to carry out its licensing functions in a way that ensures public safety, supports well managed premises, where licence holders display sensitivity to the potential impact of activities on local residents and businesses and protects residents from detrimental effects.

The Authority will have regard to how littering and fouling, noise, street crime and the capacity of the Authority's infrastructure, resources and police resources impact on the licensing objectives. In adopting this policy, the Authority recognises that each application will be considered on its individual merits.

The Authority will work in partnership with the police, residents and all local businesses to promote the licensing objectives. This policy will be further developed in consultation with the consultees listed in Appendix 1, and whilst it is prepared for the Authority's area, it also takes account of the position in adjoining Authorities where common boundaries exist.


Ribble Valley Borough Council (the Council) is designated as the Licensing Authority ("the Authority") under the Licensing Act 2003 ("the Act") and is responsible for granting all licences designated under the Act in respect of the sale and/or supply of alcohol, the provision of regulated entertainment and late night refreshment.

Section 5 of the Act requires each local authority to produce a statement of licensing policy before any applications for licences can be accepted. This statement has been prepared in accordance with the guidance (the Guidance) that the Secretary of State has issued under Section 182 of the Act. Applicants are asked to have regard to the Guidance before submitting applications under the Act.

This statement sets out the considerations that the Council will take into account when considering applications for licences under the Act and the policies that the Council will generally apply.

The Act requires the Council to review the policy, determine and publish its policy every three years.

This statement shall be effective from 7 January 2011 and shall remain in effect for three years until 6 January 2014. Prior to its expiry it will be subject to review and further consultation if required.

The statement provides guidance to the police, applicants, objectors and interested residents and businesses on the approach that the Council will take towards licensing following the introduction of the new Act. It may be subject to review pending the compilation of information specifically relating to the Ribble Valley Borough Council area and the outcome of consultation with local bodies, organisations and residents. A list of consultees is contained in Appendix 1 to this policy statement.

The Council will be mindful of other legislation, which may impact on the promotion of the Licensing Objectives. These will include:

  • Crime and Disorder Act 1998
  • Clean Neighbourhoods & Environment Act 2005
  • Health Act 2006
  • Anti-Social Behavious Act 2003
  • Race Relations Act 1976 as amended by the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000
  • Policing and Crime Act 2009
  • Crime and Security Act 2010
  • Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001
  • Private Security Industry Act 2001
  • Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006

The Council will also have regard to Government and Council strategies, for example the Ribble Valley Borough Council Safer Events Policy, so far as they impact on the licensing objectives.