The  Licensing Act 2003 (the 'Act') requires Chichester District Council, as a Licensing Authority, to publish at least every five years a Statement of Licensing Policy (the 'policy') with respect to the exercise of it's various functions under the Act. The current policy has had effect since 2011 and therefore it is now necessary to prepare and consult upon a new policy in time for it to be published by the 7 January 2016.

In preparing a revised policy, the council has carefully considered both the amended statutory guidance issued in March 2015 by the Home Office, along with our own experiences of implementing the Act over the past decade. We are now engaged in a 12 week public consultation period on our revised policy for the period 2016-2021, and this will close at midnight on the 4 October 2015. A copy of the draft policy is available to view:

Your views really are important in helping to shape the policy so that not only is it compliant with legislation and national guidance, but also adequately reflects local circumstances and ensures the council continues to discharge its duty to consider and promote the four licensing objectives, namely:

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

When submitting any comments on the revised policy, please refer to the paragraph numbers along with providing your name, organisation being represented (if appropriate) and contact details. If you intend to include information of a commercially sensitive nature, please make sure this is made clear as all responses will ordinarily be made publicly available.

Please submit any comments in writing, clearly labelled as 'Licensing Policy Consultation Response' to:

  • Laurence Foord
    Divisional Manager
    Communications, Licensing & Events
    Chichester District Council
    East Pallant House
    1 East Pallant
    Chichester
    PO19 1TY

or alternatively by email to: licensing@chichester.gov.uk.

The consultation period

At the end of the consultation period, all responses will be collated, carefully considered and  included in a Summary of Responses paper. The proposed policy for 2016-2021 will then be prepared and ultimately presented to a meeting of council on the 15 December 2015 for final approval and subsequent publication. We would like to thank you in anticipation of any comments that you may have.