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Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011

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121Power for licensing authorities to set fees
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(1)The Licensing Act 2003 is amended as follows.

(2)After section 197 insert—

197ARegulations about fees

(1)Subsection (2) applies where the Secretary of State makes regulations under this Act prescribing the amount of any fee.

(2)The Secretary of State may, in determining the amount of the fee, have regard, in particular, to—

(a)the costs of any licensing authority to whom the fee is to be payable which are referable to the discharge of the function to which the fee relates, and

(b)the general costs of any such licensing authority;

and may determine an amount by reference to fees payable to, and costs of, any such licensing authorities, taken together.

(3)A power under this Act to prescribe the amount of a fee includes power to provide that the amount of the fee is to be determined by the licensing authority to whom it is to be payable.

(4)Regulations which so provide may also specify constraints on the licensing authority’s power to determine the amount of the fee.

(5)Subsections (6) and (7)

(a)apply where, by virtue of subsection (3), regulations provide that the amount of a fee is to be determined by a licensing authority, and

(b)are subject to any constraint imposed under subsection (4).

(6)The licensing authority—

(a)must determine the amount of the fee (and may from time to time determine a revised amount),

(b)may determine different amounts for different classes of case specified in the regulations (but may not otherwise determine different amounts for different cases), and

(c)must publish the amount of the fee as determined from time to time.

(7)In determining the amount of the fee, the licensing authority must seek to secure that the income from fees of that kind will equate, as nearly as possible, to the aggregate of—

(a)the licensing authority’s costs referable to the discharge of the function to which the fee relates, and

(b)a reasonable share of the licensing authority’s general costs;

and must assess income and costs for this purpose in such manner as it considers appropriate.

197BRegulations about fees: supplementary provision

(1)Subsections (2) and (3) apply for the purposes of section 197A.

(2)References to a licensing authority’s costs referable to the discharge of a function include, in particular—

(a)administrative costs of the licensing authority so far as they are referable to the discharge of the function, and

(b)costs in connection with the discharge of the function which are incurred by the licensing authority acting—

(i)under this Act, but

(ii)in a capacity other than that of licensing authority (whether that of local authority, local planning authority or any other authority).

(3)References to the general costs of a licensing authority are to costs of the authority so far as they are referable to the discharge of functions under this Act in respect of which no fee is otherwise chargeable and include, in particular—

(a)costs referable to the authority’s functions under section 5;

(b)costs of or incurred in connection with the monitoring and enforcement of Parts 7 and 8 of this Act;

(c)costs incurred in exercising functions conferred by virtue of section 197A.

(4)To the extent that they prescribe the amount of a fee or include provision made by virtue of section 197A(3) or (4), regulations may—

(a)make provision which applies generally or only to specified authorities or descriptions of authority, and

(b)make different provision for different authorities or descriptions of authority.

(5)Subsection (4) is not to be taken to limit the generality of section 197..

(3)In section 10(4) (sub-delegation of functions by licensing committee etc)—

(a)omit “or” at the end of paragraph (c), and

(b)after paragraph (d) insert or

(e)any function conferred by virtue of section 197A (regulations about fees)..

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