Licensing

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

Due to the licensing service currently being reviewed, the team will only be available during specific hours throughout the week. 

  • Monday 9am – 5pm
  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 2pm – 5pm
  • Friday 9am – 4.30pm

A member of the Licensing Team will not be available outside these times to deal with enquiries.

The provision of knowledge tests is also part of this review and we have introduced a waiting list and will book drivers onto the tests allocating the first places to those on the waiting list in order.

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.

Please note the Licensing Department will be closed between Christmas and New Year, from 4.30pm on 21 December 2018 until 9am on 2 January 2019.

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.