Licensing hearings to continue - Kuits Solicitors Manchester

Licensing hearings to continue

Licensing hearings to continue

8th April 2020 - Published by Kuits licensing team

Kit Malthouse, the Minister of State for Crime and Policing has written a letter to all Licensing Authorities in England and Wales, urging them to take a pragmatic approach to licensing matters in these uncertain times. See the full letter here.

Within it he says that;

  • Hearings should continue wherever possible, and that they can and should be done remotely.
  • Applications to change a premises’ DPS should be dealt with promptly.
  • There is discretion, and Council’s may take the view not to chase non-payment of annual fees, and defer the suspension of licences at this time.
  • A pragmatic approach should be taken if breaches of conditions are found, for example around delivery times, if those breaches are unlikely to cause an issue
  • Consideration should be given two how applications are advertised.  It may not be possible for adverts to be placed in newspapers and so other formats, such as circulars or newsletters could be used, and
  • As fewer people are out of their homes, blue notices may not so easily be read, and so Councils should consider ensuring they notify local ward councillors and resident’s groups, so that as many people as possible are aware.

Operators should not therefore hold off from lodging applications during this period of lockdown, as Licensing Authorities should be very much open for business.

Should any operators or landlords require specific advice on these points, they should contact the Licensing Team on 0161 838 7888 or contact us here.

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