The council is responsible for the licensing of a wide range of activities and premises. The Licensing Team grant licences to ensure public confidence and safety and to minimise crime and disorder, nuisance and other disturbance to residents, visitors and businesses from licensable activities.

Licensing service review

We are currently reviewing the whole Licensing service. In order to meet the demands of the service we are restricting access to the Licensing team at certain times during the day. 

Please avoid visiting the Plaza on Tuesday and Thursday mornings (9am - 2pm) as a member of the Licensing Team will not be available to deal with your enquiry. This is with effect from Thursday 10th May 2018. 

The provision of knowledge tests is also part of this review and we have currently suspended dates for the knowledge test until August. This decision will be reviewed regularly between now and August. We have introduced a waiting list and will book drivers onto the tests when re-introduced, allocating the first places to those on the waiting list.   

These actions are part of an on-going review of the Licensing service, and we are looking to provide a more effective service long term. 

Online applications

Many of our licences are available through the EU Services Directive. This has been brought in to make it easier for service providers to offer their services to customers in all EU countries. 

However some licences, including taxi and gambling licences, are not covered by this initiative. Please follow the links to the relevant licensing information.

Tacit consent

Tacit consent is the consent by silence. Where this may apply, the question 'Will tacit consent apply?' appears as part of the information given for relevant licensing areas. 

If the answer is yes, this means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the Local Authority by the end of the target completion period or have not been advised of any extension period. 

If the answer is no, then it has been deemed in the public interest that the Local Authority must fully process the application before it can be granted.