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Have your say on Sheffield’s Licensing Policy

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Sheffield City Council is updating its policy for regulating and licensing any business that sells alcohol, provides entertainment or late night refreshments.

The Council has launched a public consultation to gather views on this, which will run until 5pm on the 13th July 2020.  

The aim of the Licensing Act Statement of Principles is to promote the following four core licensing objectives:

    • Prevention of Crime and Disorder


    • Public Safety


    • Prevention of Public Nuisance


    • Protection of Children from Harm

A Licensing Authority must develop, consult and publish a Statement of Principles every five years.

Cllr Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Transport and Development, said: “Under the Licensing Act we must consult on and publish a Statement of Principles every five years.  We will be updating the policy following the consultation and want to ensure it reflects people’s views. Therefore it is essential that as many of Sheffield’s residents and businesses take part as possible.”

The purpose of the document is to:

    • Provide guidance to the licensed business sector when making applications within Sheffield;


    • Provide a clear, consistent basis for determining license applications in Sheffield, and assist Councilors with decision making for these applications;


    • Allow the relevant views and concerns of those affected by licensed premises to be taken into consideration appropriately;


    • Allow Responsible Authorities to provide a proportionate, preventative and evidence based approach in assisting new and existing operators to provide a safe and varied licensing offer within Sheffield;


    • Support wider strategies of the City Council and provide a common sense and equal approach to the Licensed industry within the city.

The revised Statement of Principles will take effect in January 2021.

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