Licensing Act 2003

Business and Planning Act 2020

The Act came into force on 22nd July 2020. The provisions in the Act temporarily modify the Licensing Act 2003 to provide an automatic extension to the terms of most premises licences which only permit the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises to allow the sale of alcohol for consumption off the premises. 

This will make it easier for licensed premises to sell alcohol to customers for consumption off the premises in England and Wales, which will allow businesses to trade and maintain social distancing. Please see the links below for further information about how to make use of the new entitlements and template Section 172F Statements.

The Licensing Act 2003 provides a single integrated system for licensing premises which are used to supply alcohol, carry out regulated entertainment or provide late night refreshment.

Supply of alcohol

The supply of alcohol includes:

  • pubs
  • working men's clubs
  • members' clubs
  • off licences

Regulated entertainment

Regulated entertainment would include:

  • an indoor sporting event, boxing or wrestling entertainment
  • the performance of a play, live music or dance
  • the exhibition of a film, playing of recorded music
  • entertainment of a similar description to live music, recorded music or performance of dance

It is important to note that the Act only applies to the above activities where the entertainment takes place in the presence of an audience and is provided for the purpose of entertaining that audience.

Late night refreshment

Late night refreshment applies to the provision of hot food and/or drink at any time between the hours of 11pm and 5am the next day.

The Act promotes four licensing objectives and all applications are considered against them. The objectives are:

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

If you wish to apply for a licence please choose from the options below.

Statement of licensing policy

The Licensing Act 2003 requires the Council to publish a statement of the principles it proposes to apply when exercising its functions under the Act.

The policy provides guidance to applicants, objectors interested residents and businesses on the approach we will take towards licensing.

Making an application

When applying for the grant or variation of a Premises Licence or Club Premises Certificate, applicants should have particular regard to how they will seek to promote the licensing objectives.

Home Office guidance issued under section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003 provides useful information to applicants and regard should be given to the following section on steps to promote the licensing objectives.

Representations and concerns

We are responsible for licensing premises selling alcohol, hot food and drink after 11pm and premises providing regulated entertainment. This responsibility was taken from magistrates in 2005 as a result of the introduction of the Licensing Act 2003, it means that we now decide on all licensing applications by acting as the 'licensing authority'.

You may feel concerned about the effect extended licensing hours could have on your community and we are committed to addressing those concerns. The Making a representation to a licence application document will direct you through the steps you can take if you feel the granting of an extended licence or a change of use might have a negative effect on your area, you can also find out what steps can be taken if problems arise after a venue has been granted a licence.

Online Register

If you wish to see further information on premises that have been granted a licence across the district you can view these on the online register.

Contact us

Licensing Office

Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10am - 3pm

01924 302919/302906