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Licensing Act 2003

The Licensing Act 2003 provides a framework for controlling alcohol, certain forms of entertainment, and late night refreshment.


Under the Licensing Act 2003, any premises or place where licensable activities will take place will need to be covered by a licence or notice.

The following activities are required to be licensed:

  1. The sale of alcohol.
  2. The supply of alcohol by or on behalf of a club to, or to the order of, a member of the club.
  3. The provision of regulated entertainment.
  4. Late night refreshment (the provision of hot food and drink between 11pm and 5am).

The Act is underpinned by four licensing objectives that all licence holders must uphold:

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

The licensing authority may issue:

  • premises licences
  • club premise certificates
  • personal licence
  • temporary event notices (occasional events with less than 500 people).

More information on any of the licences above can be found via the relevant link from the menu on the left of this page.

Contact details

Licensing Section
South Derbyshire District Council
Civic Offices
Civic Way
DE11 0AH

Tel: 01283 595724 / 01283 595716
Fax: 01283 595853 

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