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The Licensing Act 2003 Statement Of Licensing Policy January 2021

Takeaway Food Premises

The licensing authority considers that it will normally be inappropriate to grant a premises licence permitting sales of alcohol at premises which are principally used for selling hot food for consumption off the premises (takeaway premises).

It is recognised that takeaway premises open late at night can be associated with disorder as persons under the influence of alcohol may congregate there. Applicants are recommended to have written policies for dealing with disorder and nuisance. To help with dispersion issues, takeaways located in the vicinity of any public house, may be required to close prior to the public house.

Operators of takeaway premises where food and drink is provided in disposable containers for consumption elsewhere are expected to consider the potential for litter near their premises and take steps to actively reduce the amount of litter generated from the premises.

Where the licensing authority considers it appropriate and necessary, it may impose conditions on a premises licence to require the operators of takeaway premises to provide litter bins in the vicinity of the premises in order to prevent the accumulation of litter from its customers. It may require the operator to service those litter bins as part of their own waste management arrangements.