Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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National Licensing Week

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 2019

Positive Partnerships

A joint operation with the Licensing Service and Cleveland Police Road Traffic Unit (RPU) targeting mobile scrap metal collectors was carried out.

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A new business venture meeting was held with the applicant, Planning, Building Control, Business Enterprise and Licensing to discuss what the applicant wants to achieve and how we can best support his ideas and comply with each legislation.

Tourism & Leisure

Joint Visits with the Licensing Service and Trading Standards to a number of licensed premises in Stockton town centre after reports that counterfeit and illicit tobacco and stolen goods were being sold. Licensees were warned that this could affect the premise licence under the Crime and Disorder objective.

Visits by Licensing Team to a number of gambling premises licensed within the Borough and ensure compliance with their conditions under the Gambling Act 2005. Visits were made by Licensing Officers, everything was in order.

Home & Family

Officers carried an out an 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 utilize licensed vehicles and community transport facilities to enable the children to attend the school.

Inspections were carried out at licensed tattooist / micropigmentation premises. A new premises that has recently been registered is a training academy and will train people to carry out practices safely and effectively.

Night Time

Officers carried out checks on Hackney Carriage and Private Hire vehicles to ensure both drivers and the vehicles were fully complainant with their licence conditions.

Inspections are regularly carried out at takeaways. These inspections were carried out by Licensing Officers, in conjunction with Environmental Health and Cleveland Fire Brigade.

Business and 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 25 premises are on the scheme, with 19 of those achieving the Gold Award.

 

 

National Licensing Week 2018

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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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