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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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National Licensing Week 2019

National Licensing Week runs from Monday 17 June to Friday 21 June 2019 and highlights the work of Licensing Teams across the UK.

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.


Some of what we do

Positive Partnerships

In partnership with the Police, the Licensing Team carry out checks at licenced premises. Premises are risk assessed for how busy they are expected to be and then using a Red, Amber, Green system (Red being the busiest pubs) checks are made during busy periods (for example sporting events or SBC events) to ensure compliance and conformity with the individual premises requirements. 



Tourism & Leisure

Inspections are carried out at licensed doggie day cares. The inspections are comprehensive in line with the conditions on the licence and also the Day Care evidence their procedure in relation to fire evacuations. Finally they can carry out an impromptu drill whilst Officers are there to watch.



Home & Family

Officer can carry out enforcement operation with DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency). These operations are often carried out around local schools who have a lot of children who utilise taxis and community transport facilities to enable the children to attend the school.



Night Time

Inspections are regularly done at take aways. These inspections are carried out by Licensing Officers, in conjunction with Cleveland Fire Brigade, Police Licensing and Stockton Council Environmental Health. 


Business & Licensing

Setting the Bar promotes to operators the benefits of operating above the minimum requirements of the Licensing Act 2003 in order to provide a higher standard of premises. This scheme is fully supported by Cleveland Police.

So far 17 premises are on the scheme, with 13 of those achiving the Gold Award.




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