Download Eastbourne Borough Council's Liquor Licensing Policy for alcohol, entertainment and late night refreshment under the Licensing Act 2003 and the council's Cumulative Impact Policy.
You can download the policy documents in PDF format below.
Rebalancing the Licensing Act - New Section 182 Guidance
On 25 April 2012 the majority of the licensing changes set out in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act (PRSA) 2011 came into force. The Home Office have released updated guidance in view of the changes.
You can download the amended guidance issued under Section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003 and supporting guidance using the links from this page.
The measures set out in the PRSA include:
doubling the fine for persistent underage sales to £20,000
introducing a late night levy to help cover the cost of policing the late night economy
increasing the flexibility of early morning alcohol restriction orders
lowering the evidential threshold on licensing authorities
removing the vicinity test for licensing representations to allow wider local community involvement
reforming the system of temporary event notices (TENs)
suspension of premises licences due to non-payment of annual fees
The late night levy, early morning alcohol restriction orders and locally set fees measures will be brought in at a later date of either October 2012 or April 2013 according to the Home Office. You can download Home Office factsheets on the licensing changes using the link from this page.
Eastbourne Borough Council is mindful of the legislative changes brought about by the Police and Social Responsibility Act (PRSA) 2011. The above list is not exhaustive, and all interested parties are advised to familiarise themselves with the current Eastbourne Statement of Licensing Policy 2011-2014, but read this in conjunction with the changes brought about by the PRSA 2011, and the revised Section 182 Guidance issued under the Licensing Act 2003 on 25 April 2012.
The council will be reviewing and consulting upon the content of its Statement of Licensing Policy over the next six months to take account of the changes.
Download Licensing Policy and Cumulative Impact Policy
The Licensing Act 2003 requires the Licensing Authority (the council) to publish a Statement of Licensing Policy that sets out the policies the Authority will generally apply to promote the licensing objectives when making decisions on applications made under the Act. The policy must be kept under review and be updated every three years.
Our Licensing Policy has been produced in partnership with other councils in East and West Sussex to ensure that licensing objectives are addressed in a consistent manner.
Key local issues to address include:
The level of town centre violent crime and anti social behaviour that disturbs residents and visitors to holiday accommodation
The need to encourage a vibrant town centre offering a balanced mix of premises for residents and visitors
The council's Cumulative Impact Policy addresses the potential impact on the promotion of the licensing objectives of a significant number of licensed premises concentrated in one area.