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Licensing policy (alcohol, entertainment and late night refreshment)

Our licensing policy sets out the principles to be applied when considering applications under the Licensing Act 2003.

It’s effective from 1 August 2018 for a maximum of 5 years.

What does the policy cover?

  • the sale and supply of alcohol, eg pubs, restaurants, clubs and off licences
  • live music, recorded music
  • performances of dance
  • indoor sporting events
  • boxing and wrestling
  • film exhibitions including cinemas
  • plays, such as theatre
  • late night refreshment which is the sale of hot food and / or drink between 11pm and 5am such as at takeaways, pubs and restaurants which open late in the evening

The policy may also be triggered where there is an objection to a temporary event notice (TEN) or to an application for a personal licence.

Why do you license these activities?

The activities are licensed to promote the following objectives:

  • the prevention of crime and disorder
  • public safety
  • the prevention of public nuisance
  • the protection of children from harm


Personal licence: this is granted to individuals and allows them to sell alcohol to the public.

Premises licence: authorises a premises to be used for licensable activities. It acts as a single umbrella licence, covering this whole group of activities. It is valid for an unlimited time, subject to surrender, variation, revocation, lapse or suspension, but can be requested for a limited period.

Club premises certificate: where premises meet the requirements of a ‘qualifying’ club, a certificate can be used to authorise licensable activities.

Variation of premises licence: for when an existing premises licence holder wishes to make changes to the premises licence.

Provisional statement: a person may apply for a provisional statement where premises are being / about to be, constructed for use, extended, or otherwise altered for use for licensable activities.

Temporary event notices (TEN): TENs allow licensable activities to take place during a period of no more than 168 hours, where there are no more than 499 people present.

Page updated on: 10 October 2019

Licensing Service


Hackney Service Centre
1 Hillman Street
E8 1DY


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