Statement of Licensing Policy Review and Consultation 2020

The Licensing Act 2003 requires that Licensing Authorities review their Statement of Licensing Policy every five years. As our current policy expires in January 2021, we need to review it and this includes completing a public consultation on the new document.

The policy must set out the principles which we propose to apply in exercising our licensing functions under the Act. Our policy document is based on Local Government Regulation’s (LGR) original good practice template with amendments made to include local procedures.

Section 5(3) of the Act requires the Licensing Authority to consult on its Policy Statement with the following:

  • Merseyside Police;
  • Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service;
  • Director of Public Health;
  • Persons/bodies representative of Local Premises Licence holders/Club Premises Certificate holders;
  • Persons/bodies representative of Local Personal Licence holders in the area; and
  • Persons/bodies representative of businesses and residents in the area. 

The council is however carrying out a more extensive consultation in order to fully engage with the local community and interested parties.

The Alcohol Licensing Policy consultation

The consultation period begins on 9 June 2020 and you are invited to comment on the draft policy document by 1 September 2020 

Any comments you make should include your name, any organisation or persons you may be responding on behalf of and your address. It would also be helpful if you would give a brief description of any specific interest you have in licensing matters, if applicable (for example, you may be involved in some capacity with existing licensed premises or an organisation representing groups likely affected by alcohol licensing).

All comments received, including names and addresses, will be made public via council agendas and this website.

At the end of the consultation period, any comments received will be considered and the policy will be amended as necessary before being approved by Full Council in December 2020. 

Download the form to complete.

Please return your form to and share your thoughts by 1 September 2020.
Alternatively you can post your response to:
Licensing Team
2nd Floor
Yorkon Building
Archway Road
L36 9FB

The final Policy Statement will be published and will take effect in January 2021.
Thank you for taking part.