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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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National Licensing Week 2019

National Licensing Week will take place from Monday 17 June to Friday 21 June 2019, Stockton Council’s Licensing Officers raised awareness of the impact licensing has. 

Licensing plays a vital role in supporting businesses, enabling high standards and keeping the public safe. Licensing work closely with the various trades including pubs, clubs, arcades, betting shops, charities and taxis please watch the video above to see the full range of licensing services we offer.

The overarching theme for Licensing Week was ‘licensing is everywhere’, as despite its role in everyday life, licensing often goes unnoticed. The aim of the campaign was to change that perception.

Here in Stockton-on-Tees, a small team of officers support pre-application advice working with others as appropriate, deal with licensing enquiries, process applications, enforce the law and deal with complaints from members of the public regarding licensed premises or activities.

National Licensing Week 2018 activity included …

Monday – Positive Partnerships

Police and the Licensing Team carried out checks at licenced premises, particularly those showing the football as it was the first England World Cup Game. Premises were risk assessed for how busy they were expected to be and then using a Red, Amber, Green system (Red being the busiest pubs) checks were made through the course of the evening to ensure compliance and conformity with the individual premises requirements. 


Tuesday – Tourism & Leisure

Inspections were carried out at one of our local licensed Doggie Day Cares. This inspection was a comprehensive inspection in line with the conditions on the licence and also the Day Care evidenced their procedure in relation to fire evacuation and carried out an impromptu drill whilst Officers were there.


Also a number of comprehensive gambling inspections at local betting shops were carried out. This was done in the company of Cleveland Fire Bridge Officers who carried out their own checks and assessments whilst Licensing Officers carried out the compliance checks with the gambling regulations.


Wednesday - Home & Family

Officers carried out a joint enforcement operation with DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency). This operation was carried out at one of our local schools who have a lot of children who utilise taxis and community transport facilities to enable the children to attend the school.


Officers also attended the licensed alcohol premises who were involved in the initial roll out of our Setting the Bar scheme and some of the other busier licensed premises in the Town centre and issued them a selection of posters for them to display as they see appropriate, these posters were in relation to Safeguarding and Child Protection. Ensuring the wider public are aware of the serious topic in relation to Safeguarding and protecting the local younger and vulnerable people of our community.

Thursday – Night Time

Inspections were carried out at a number of late night refreshment venues (take aways). These inspections were carried out by Licensing Officers, in conjunction with Cleveland Fire Brigade, Police Licensing and Stockton Council Environmental Health. 


Friday – Business & Licensing

A Setting the Bar photo shoot and certificate presentation was carried out in the company of the licensees, Cleveland Police and Councillor Steve Nelson.

The initial Setting the Bar roll out was a success and we have already had more venues/ premises asking about how they sign up and those that have not met Gold have put measure in place to increase their award.




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