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27 February 2015: Government decides against locally-set licensing fees

It has been decided by the Government that they will not be setting locally set Licensing fees at the present time. Very few Licensing Authorities have provided them with evidence of their costs and so they are awaiting this evidence before proceeding.

The Government’s response to the consultation on locally set fees does however state that they see merit in allowing Licence holders to nominate a date to pay their annual fee which may remove an administrative burden for businesses holding multiple Licences, however, allowing nomination of an annual fee date would require legislation and it is thought therefore unlikely to occur in the
near future.

Read the full consultation outcome from the Government.

If you require further information, please contact our Alcohol & Entertainment Licensing team on 01332 340 211.

02 May 2013: The Government is committed to introducing locally-set licensing fees as part of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2012.

The measure, once introduced, will allow Council’s to set their own licensing fees. All venues in England and Wales currently pay fixed national fees depending on the type of application.

Local Authorities when setting their fees will only do so on a basis which enables them to cover their actual costs i.e. they are not allowed to make a profit on the licensing fees. They have long argued that the cost of licensing to them greatly exceeds the amount recovered in the current fee system.

If you require further information, please contact our Alcohol & Entertainment Licensing team on 01332 340 211.

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