Licensing policy

The statement sets out the basis on which decisions under the Licensing Act 2003 will be made.

As the Licensing Authority we have a duty to promote the four statutory licensing objectives which are taken into account when considering an application.

Statement of Licensing Policy 2024 to 2029

The Licensing Act 2003 requires that the Council, acting as the Licensing Authority, prepare, consult on and publish a Statement of Licensing Policy to be published every five years, setting out the policies the Council will generally apply to promote the four licensing objectives when making decisions on applications under the Act.

The statement sets out the basis on which decisions under the Licensing Act 2003 will be made. The policy strives to achieve a local balance between the commercial interests of the licensed trade and the communities they serve and affect, a balance between freedom and responsibility.

This is Westmorland and Furness Council’s first Statement of Licensing Policy which was approved by Council on the 22nd February 2024, for the period 1st April 2024 to 31st March 2029

A copy of the policy can be downloaded here: Statement of Licensing Policy 2024 – 2029

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