Licensing act is made clearer

28 June, 2007

Councils have been given updated guidelines on how to deliver the licensing act.

The revised guidance, issued by the Department for Culture Media and Sport today, is designed to give local authorities a clearer idea of how to deal with a number of issues surrounding the Licensing Act 2003, which came into force in November 2005.

Amendments to the guidance, first published in July 2004, include clarification on how councils and police can deal with licensees who are not taking “reasonable steps to prevent disorder and public nuisance” outside their premises and revised details about licensing hours.

Licensing minister Shaun Woodward said the government had decided to issue the new advice following requests from the trade, councils, police and residents groups to make certain areas of the act clearer.

He said: "I am confident that the revised guidance will continue to provide an essential source of advice and best practice for local councils in delivering the licensing objectives - the prevention of crime, disorder and public nuisance, the protection of children from harm and public safety."

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