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The Licensing Act 2003 Statement Of Licensing Policy January 2021

Appendix 1 - Additional Factors For Consideration

Additional Factors For Consideration

In addition to the general requirements of this policy, the Council expects an applicant to give consideration to, and implement where appropriate, other practical steps to promote the four licensing objectives, such as:

Prevention of Crime and Disorder

  • use of CCTV both within and outside the premises
  • procedures to prevent the supply of alcohol to those already drunk
  • metal detection and search facilities
  • procedures for risk assessing promotions and special events for the potential to cause crime and disorder, and plans for minimising such risks
  • measures to prevent the use or supply of illegal drugs
  • employment of registered SIA door supervisors and other appropriately trained staff
  • participation in an appropriate scheme designed to ensure effective liaison with the local community and enforcement agencies, such as Pubwatch
  • the availability and promotion of soft drinks
  • keeping displays of alcohol away from entrances and exits in order to help prevent thefts
  • keeping displays of alcohol away from check outs in order to help prevent impulse purchases

Prevention of Public Nuisance

  • managing queues to avoid disturbance to nearby residents. In some cases this may be achieved by simply ensuring that the direction of the queue is away from residential accommodation
  • the arrangements made, or proposed, for parking by patrons, and the effect of parking on local residents
  • using door supervisors to prevent noise and disturbance during the queuing process
  • keeping doors and windows closed when regulated entertainment is taking place and providing suitable mechanical ventilation
  • reducing sound levels and installing a suitable noise limiting device, calibrated and set at a limit approved by Council officers, to prevent sound exceeding an appropriate level
  • installing soundproofing measures or acoustic lobbies to control noise breakout and vibration to a level acceptable to the Council
  • imposing time restrictions on the use of outside drinking areas
  • increasing the lighting and/or reducing the volume of music towards closing time and where appropriate playing quieter, more soothing music
  • controlling lighting outside of the premises, for example, on store fronts/signage and in outside drinking areas, to minimise the potential for light pollution towards neighbouring properties
  • erecting prominent notices at all exits asking customers to leave quietly and not to slam car doors etc. and at appropriate times making announcements to the same effect
  • instructing door supervisors to ask customers leaving the premises to leave the area quietly
  • considering the availability of public transport and/or of licensed taxis or private hire vehicles to take patrons away from the premises
  • in appropriate cases door supervisors or a manager patrolling nearby streets periodically to assess for themselves whether there is a noise or disorder problem and how best to deal with it
  • banning from the premises people who regularly leave in a noisy fashion
  • taking steps to ensure that staff leave the premises quietly; this includes performers and artists who may have performed at the premises and the removal of any related equipment that they have used
  • providing litter bins in the vicinity of late night hot food takeaways in order to prevent the accumulation of litter from customers
  • carrying out litter patrols outside of late night hot food takeaways to ensure the immediate vicinity is kept clean and tidy to minimise litter nuisance

The Protection of Children from Harm

  • restrictions on the hours that children may be present within the premise
  • the need for children to be accompanied by an adult when on on-licensed premises
  • adoption of a proof of age scheme such as 'Challenge 21' with appropriate photographic identification, training for staff and associated signage
  • the use of a refusals register to record instances when a sale of alcohol is refused
  • monitoring the use of gaming machines on the premises to ensure that children cannot access them
  • no child to be allowed on the premises when adult entertainment is taking place
  • alcohol should not be promoted or displayed next to products aimed at children
  • advertisements of alcohol should not be placed in windows or on signs that can be seen from the outside of the premise

Ensuring Public Safety

  • ensuring that the premise are kept clean, uncluttered and well-lit with appropriate security lighting
  • the use of toughened or plastic glasses, especially in outside drinking areas
  • keeping displays of alcohol away from the shop floor of aisles where they may interfere with customer flow
  • measures to ensure that the potential for drink spiking is minimised. Licensees will be expected to cooperate with any measures or initiatives introduced to increase awareness and reduce the incidence of such practices