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26 July 2016

Consultation on WCC’s ‘Licensing News’

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 […]

29 January 2016

Further change to WCC Licensing Department contact details

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 [email protected].’ Emails that relate […]

22 January 2016

Westminster City Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy

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. […]

22 January 2016 25 March 2015

WCC Review of its Statement of Licensing Policy

The Council has recently published its Review of its Statement of Licensing Policy, and it is now out for consultation. The consultation document is available to view here. There are two parts to the review. Part 1 covers areas of the Policy which it is proposed should be revised, and seeks views on the issues […]

30 September 2014

Changes to Licensing News

Licensing News is a document published by Westminster City Council each week. Licensing News has previously been sent out on a Friday. This is changing and it will be sent out on a Monday. Some other changes have been made, for example it now contains a link to the City Council’s Licensing Register where details […]

6 June 2014

‘Shadow’ licences and reviews

Applications for ‘shadow’ licences seem to have become popular in Westminster recently. A ‘shadow’ licence is one that runs alongside an existing licence, and should be in the same terms as the existing licence. A ‘shadow’ licence is typically applied for by a freeholder of a building whose tenants hold the existing licence, and the […]

23 May 2014

New betting shop licence refused in Westminster

Westminster City Council has recently refused to grant Power Leisure Limited a premises licence under Gambling Act 2005 for a proposed new betting shop on Edgware Road, following objections from the licensing authority itself, and local residents. Power Leisure Limited is the operator of the well-known ‘Paddy Power’ chain. The proposed site was in close […]

1 April 2014

Licensing authorities’ wide discretion on decisions involving ‘lap-dancing’ clubs confirmed

Two recent cases (see below) have reiterated the wide discretion that local authorities have when considering applications for ‘sexual entertainment venues’ (SEVs) under Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982. In contrast to premises licences granted under Licensing Act 2003 and Gambling Act 2005, SEV licences must be renewed annualy, by applying to the local Council. […]

24 March 2014

WCC update

This week’s ‘Licensing News’, which is a weekly document detailing licensing applications which are within the statutory consultation period, reports as follows: ‘The Licensing Fax machine & number (0207 641 7815) has been decommissioned on the basis of no longer being in use. Please contact 0207 641 7829 should you need to fax anything and […]