Licensing Policy Statement 2022-2027

As part of the Licensing Act 2003, we are required to prepare and publish a Licensing Policy Statement at least once every 5 years. The policy provides information on how Wigan Council will carry out its duties in accordance with the Act.

Before determining a policy, the Act requires us to consult the following:

  • Chief Officer of Police for the area
  • Fire and rescue authority for the area
  • Each local authority’s Director of Public Health in England or Local Health Board in Wales for any part of an area that is in the licensing authority’s area
  • Local premises licence holders
  • Local club premises certificate holders
  • Local personal licence holders and
  • Businesses and residents in its area.

About the policy

A draft policy for the 2022 - 2027 period has been prepared and is now ready for public consultation.

This policy has been revised giving particular attention to the impacts that COVID-19 has had on the entertainment and hospitality sector. In response we have decided not to implement a Cumulative Impact Assessment (CIA) at this time. Instead we will focus on encouraging operators to submit applications that fit with our core hours framework and with robust operating schedules, containing suitable conditions that promote the 4 Licensing Objectives.

  1. Prevention of crime and disorder
  2. Public safety
  3. Prevention of public nuisance
  4. Protection of children from harm.

This policy, if approved, will be subject to regular reviews, and therefore we cannot rule out that a Cumulative Impact Assessment (CIA) may be introduced in the future, if there was evidence available to support this.

Share your views on the policy

To share your comments on the policy statement, you will need to complete our online form:

The consultation deadline is 31st May 2022.

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