Have Your Say!

Under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 the Home Secretary has the power to prescribe in regulations that fee levels should be set by individual licensing authorities.

The Government have now published a consultation document on how licensing fees should be assessed in the future and at what level.

The document invites views on a number of specific aspects including the future of the current variable fee bands, whether the basis on which fees are determined should include discretionary mechanisms, the proposed cap levels and whether there should be a single annual fee date.

The consultation considers whether it would be appropriate to charge higher fees for premises which are open later or are open primarily for drinking.  It also discusses whether certain types of premises should be excluded at the discretion of the licensing authority. Such premises could be accommodation providers, theatres and cinemas, bingo halls, community amateur sports clubs and community premises.

This is likely to be a contentious debate as operators will undoubtedly face higher costs for applications – in some cases over a 400% increase!

The consultation runs until 10th April 2014. Information on the consultation and how to respond can be found on the Home Office website.

Make sure you have your say and respond before the deadline date.

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