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E-notifications trial

Date posted: Monday March 4, 2019 : Permanent Link

Residents can now keep up to date with licensing applications in their area by creating a MyWestminster account, where they can subscribe and receive alerts on licensing applications across the borough. Residents who have previously had a ‘Public Access’ account will have to create a new MyWestminster account with the same login email address to use the new service.

The new service will enable residents to receive electronic notifications of licensing applications, and to customise the notifications they receive – this includes licensing applications in the immediate vicinity, or outside of your local area and/or across the borough. Residents can submit comments on licence applications via their MyWestminster account.

Simply click here to register.

Further information can be found here and here

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Venue for Licensing Sub-Committee hearings

Date posted: Monday March 4, 2019 : Permanent Link

During the refurbishment of City Hall, 64 Victoria Street SW1, Licensing Sub-Committee hearings have taken place at 5 The Strand. They have now moved back to the newly refurbished City Hall, unless the Notice of Hearing states otherwise. The full address is: 18th Floor, Westminster City Council, City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, Westminster, SW1E 6QP.

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Plans now available on WCC website

Date posted: Wednesday July 18, 2018 : Permanent Link

After a period of time when plans of premises were not made available for public view on the City Council’s online Licensing Register, they are now being made available again.

There will therefore be no need for residents to make an appointment at the Council offices to view plans submitted with licence applications.

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Additional information in support of objections

Date posted: Tuesday July 26, 2016 : Permanent Link

It is a good time to reiterate the Council’s requirements regarding late submissions ahead of licensing hearings.

In accordance with its Rules of Procedure for Licensing Sub-Committee Hearings, additional submissions/information/documentation should be received by the Council by noon 3 working days prior to a hearing, a the latest. As hearings are usually on Thursdays, in practice this means noon on Monday.

If documentation is submitted after this time, it must be accompanied by a cover note explaining why it is late and why it should be taken in to account.

The Rules apply to all parties to the hearing.

Please feel free to contact us if you wish to attend a licence hearing and require advice on submitting evidence to support your objections.

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Call for Evidence

Date posted: Tuesday July 26, 2016 : Permanent Link

A House of Lords Select Committee has been set up to assess the impact of Licensing Act 2003 since it came fully into force in November 2005. The Select Committee has recently issued a ‘Call for Evidence’, seeking views from a wide range of stakeholders and interested parties.

The consultation seeks views on the general working of the Act since it came into force, particularly as to whether it provides the right ‘balance’ between various interests. It also sets out a number of specific areas on which it seeks views, including community engagement in the licensing process.

The ‘Call for Evidence’ can be viewed here.

Responses can be submitted here.

The closing date for responses to be submitted is 2 September.

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Consultation on WCC's 'Licensing News'

Date posted: Tuesday July 26, 2016 : Permanent Link

Westminster City Council is currently consulting on the future of ‘Licensing News’, its weekly publication which sets out a variety of information on its licensing functions across various regimes, including details of applications which are within the ‘consultation period’ during which residents are entitled to make representations.

The consultation seeks information on why people receive Licensing News; what they use it for; how it benefits them specifically; and whether online options (e.g. Public Access, which residents can sign up to for a variety of notifications) fulfill their needs.

The consultation document and response document can be found here.

The closing date for the consultation is Monday 1 August.

For other ways of keeping up to date with licence applications in your area, please contact us.

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Further change to WCC Licensing Department contact details

Date posted: Friday January 29, 2016 : Permanent Link

The following is taken from the most recent ‘Licensing News’ publication.

‘From Monday 25th January there will be a new dedicated email address for all representations and objection emails. The email address that should be used going forward by local residents and businesses, resident and amenity societies and responsible authorities is licence-reps@westminster.gov.uk.’

Emails that relate to general enquiries or requests for information on the progress of an application should continue to be sent to licensing@westminster.gov.uk.

Previous addresses which residents have been able to use will be closed from the 1st March 2016, including:
premiseslicensing@westminster.gov.uk; generallicensing@westminster.gov.uk and gambling@westminster.gov.uk. Any emails sent to one of the mailboxes which are to be closed from the 1st March 2016 will not be regarded as being served on the Licensing Authority.

The Council continues to provide an online facility to make representations or objections to applications – www.westminster.gov.uk/comment-on-a-licence-application.

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Westminster City Council's Statement of Licensing Policy

Date posted: Friday January 22, 2016 : Permanent Link

Last year, the City Council consulted on proposed revisions to its Statement of Licensing Policy, which it must publish under s5 Licensing Act 2003.

The new Policy was approved at a full Council meeting in November last year. It came into force on 7 January 2016. The new Policy now applies to applications for e.g. new premises licences and variation of premises licences under Licensing Act 2003 going forward. The City Council must have regard to the Policy when exercising its functions under Licensing Act 2003.

The Policy can be downloaded here.

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