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[F1Summary reviews in serious cases of crime or disorderE+W

Textual Amendments

F1Ss. 53A-53C and cross-heading inserted (1.10.2007) by Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 (c. 38), ss. 21, 66(2)(3); S.I. 2007/2180, art. 3(a)

53ASummary reviews on application of senior police officerE+W

(1)The chief officer of police of a police force for a police area may apply under this section to the relevant licensing authority for a review of the premises licence for any premises wholly or partly in that area if—

(a)the premises are licensed premises in relation to the sale of alcohol by retail; and

(b)a senior member of that force has given a certificate that it is his opinion that the premises are associated with serious crime or serious disorder or both;

and that certificate must accompany the application.

(2)On receipt of such an application, the relevant licensing authority must—

(a)within 48 hours of the time of its receipt, consider under section 53B whether it is necessary to take interim steps pending the determination of a review of the premises licence; and

(b)within 28 days after the day of its receipt, review that licence in accordance with section 53C and reach a determination on that review.

(3)The Secretary of State must by regulations—

(a)require a relevant licensing authority to whom an application for a review under this section has been made to give notice of the review to the holder of the premises licence and to every responsible authority;

(b)prescribe the period after the making of the application within which the notice under paragraph (a) must be given;

(c)require a relevant licensing authority to advertise the review, inviting representations about it to be made to the authority by the responsible authorities and [F2other persons] ;

(d)prescribe the period after the making of the application within which the advertisement must be published;

(e)prescribe the period after the publication of the advertisement during which representations may be made by the holder of the premises licence, any responsible authority or any [F3other person] ; and

(f)require a notice or advertisement under paragraph (a) or (c) to specify the period prescribed under paragraph (e).

(4)In this section—

  • senior member”, in relation to a police force, means a police officer who is a member of that force and of or above the rank of superintendent; and

  • serious crime” has the same meaning as in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (c. 23) (see section 81(2) and (3) of that Act).

(5)In computing the period of 48 hours mentioned in subsection (2)(a) time that is not on a working day is to be disregarded.

Textual Amendments

F2Words in s. 53A(3)(c) substituted (22.3.2012 for specified purposes, 25.4.2012 in so far as not already in force) by Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 (c. 13), ss. 106(4)(a), 157(1) (with s. 106(7)); S.I. 2012/896, art. 2(b); S.I. 2012/1129, art. 2(d)

F3Words in s. 53A(3)(e) substituted (22.3.2012 for specified purposes, 25.4.2012 in so far as not already in force) by Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 (c. 13), ss. 106(4)(b), 157(1) (with s. 106(7)); S.I. 2012/896, art. 2(b); S.I. 2012/1129, art. 2(d)

53BInterim steps pending reviewE+W

(1)This section applies to the consideration by a relevant licensing authority on an application under section 53A whether it is necessary to take interim steps pending the determination of the review applied for.

(2)The consideration may take place without the holder of the premises licence having been given an opportunity to make representations to the relevant licensing authority.

(3)The interim steps the relevant licensing authority must consider taking are—

(a)the modification of the conditions of the premises licence;

(b)the exclusion of the sale of alcohol by retail from the scope of the licence;

(c)the removal of the designated premises supervisor from the licence;

(d)the suspension of the licence.

(4)For the purposes of subsection (3)(a) the conditions of a premises licence are modified if any of them is altered or omitted or any new condition is added.

(5)Where on its consideration of whether to take interim steps the relevant licensing authority does take one or more such steps—

(a)its decision takes effect immediately or as soon after that as that authority directs; but

(b)it must give immediate notice of its decision and of its reasons for making it to—

(i)the holder of the premises licence; and

(ii)the chief officer of police for the police area in which the premises are situated (or for each police area in which they are partly situated).

(6)[F4Subject to subsection (9A),] If the holder of the premises licence makes, and does not withdraw, representations against any interim steps taken by the relevant licensing authority, the authority must, within 48 hours of the time of its receipt of the representations, hold a hearing to consider those representations.

(7)The relevant licensing authority must give advance notice of the hearing to—

(a)the holder of the premises licence;

(b)the chief officer of police for the police area in which the premises are situated (or for each police area in which they are partly situated).

(8)At the hearing, the relevant licensing authority must—

(a)consider whether the interim steps are [F5appropriate] for the promotion of the licensing objectives; and

(b)determine whether to withdraw or modify the steps taken.

(9)In considering those matters the relevant licensing authority must have regard to—

(a)the certificate that accompanied the application;

(b)any representations made by the chief officer of police for the police area in which the premises are situated (or for each police area in which they are partly situated); and

(c)any representations made by the holder of the premises licence.

[F6(9A)Where the relevant licensing authority has determined under subsection (8) whether to withdraw or modify the interim steps taken, the holder of the premises licence may only make further representations under subsection (6) if there has been a material change in circumstances since the authority made its determination.]

(10)In computing the period of 48 hours mentioned in subsection (6) time that is not on a working day is to be disregarded.

Textual Amendments

F4Words in s. 53B(6) inserted (31.1.2017 for specified purposes, 6.4.2017 in so far as not already in force) by Policing and Crime Act 2017 (c. 3), ss. 136(2), 183(1)(5)(e); S.I. 2017/399, reg. 3(b)

F6S. 53B(9A) inserted (31.1.2017 for specified purposes, 6.4.2017 in so far as not already in force) by Policing and Crime Act 2017 (c. 3), ss. 136(3), 183(1)(5)(e); S.I. 2017/399, reg. 3(b)

53CReview of premises licence following review noticeE+W

(1)This section applies to a review of a premises licence which a relevant licensing authority has to conduct on an application under section 53A.

(2)The relevant licensing authority must—

(a)hold a hearing to consider the application for the review and any relevant representations; [F7and]

(b)take such steps mentioned in subsection (3) (if any) as it considers [F8appropriate] for the promotion of the licensing objectives; F9...

F10(c). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(3)Those steps are—

(a)the modification of the conditions of the premises licence,

(b)the exclusion of a licensable activity from the scope of the licence,

(c)the removal of the designated premises supervisor from the licence,

(d)the suspension of the licence for a period not exceeding three months, or

(e)the revocation of the licence.

(4)For the purposes of subsection (3)(a) the conditions of a premises licence are modified if any of them is altered or omitted or any new condition is added.

(5)Subsection (2)(b) is subject to sections [F1119 to 21](requirement to include certain conditions in premises licences).

(6)Where the authority takes a step within subsection (3)(a) or (b), it may provide that the modification or exclusion is to have effect only for a specified period (not exceeding three months).

(7)In this section “relevant representations” means representations which—

(a)are relevant to one or more of the licensing objectives, and

(b)meet the requirements of subsection (8).

(8)The requirements are—

(a)that the representations are made by the holder of the premises licence, a responsible authority or [F12any other person] within the period prescribed under subsection 53A(3)(e),

(b)that they have not been withdrawn, and

(c)if they are made by [F13a person who is not a responsible authority], that they are not, in the opinion of the relevant licensing authority, frivolous or vexatious.

(9)Where the relevant licensing authority determines that any representations are frivolous or vexatious, it must notify the person who made them of the reasons for that determination.

(10)Where a relevant licensing authority determines a review under this section it must notify the determination and its reasons for making it to—

(a)the holder of the premises licence,

(b)any person who made relevant representations, and

(c)the chief officer of police for the police area in which the premises are situated (or for each police area in which they are partly situated).

(11)A decision under this section does not have effect until—

(a)the end of the period given for appealing against the decision, or

(b)if the decision is appealed against, the time the appeal is disposed of.

[F14(12)Section 53D makes provision about the application and review of any interim steps that have been taken under section 53B in relation to a premises licence before a decision under this section comes into effect in relation to the licence.]]

Textual Amendments

F7Word in s. 53C(2)(a) inserted (31.1.2017 for specified purposes, 6.4.2017 in so far as not already in force) by Policing and Crime Act 2017 (c. 3), ss. 137(3)(a), 183(1)(5)(e) (with s. 137(8)); S.I. 2017/399, reg. 3(c)

F9Word in s. 53C(2)(b) omitted (31.1.2017 for specified purposes, 6.4.2017 in so far as not already in force) by virtue of Policing and Crime Act 2017 (c. 3), ss. 137(3)(b), 183(1)(5)(e) (with s. 137(8)); S.I. 2017/399, reg. 3(c)

F10S. 53C(2)(c) omitted (31.1.2017 for specified purposes, 6.4.2017 in so far as not already in force) by virtue of Policing and Crime Act 2017 (c. 3), ss. 137(3)(c), 183(1)(5)(e) (with s. 137(8)); S.I. 2017/399, reg. 3(c)

F14S. 53C(12) inserted (31.1.2017 for specified purposes, 6.4.2017 in so far as not already in force) by Policing and Crime Act 2017 (c. 3), ss. 137(4), 183(1)(5)(e) (with s. 137(8)); S.I. 2017/399, reg. 3(c)

[F1553DInterim steps pending section 53C decision coming into effectE+W

(1)At the hearing to consider an application for a review under section 53A, the relevant licensing authority must review any interim steps that have been taken by the relevant licensing authority under section 53B that have effect on the date of the hearing.

(2)In conducting the review under this section, the relevant licensing authority must—

(a)consider whether the interim steps are appropriate for the promotion of the licensing objectives;

(b)consider any relevant representations; and

(c)determine whether to withdraw or modify the interim steps taken.

(3)The power of the relevant licensing authority on a review under this section includes a power to take any of the following interim steps—

(a)the modification of the conditions of the premises licence;

(b)the exclusion of the sale of alcohol by retail from the scope of the licence;

(c)the removal of the designated premises supervisor from the licence;

(d)the suspension of the licence;

and for this purpose the conditions of the licence are modified if any of them is altered or omitted or any new condition is added.

(4)Any interim steps taken under subsection (3) apply until—

(a)the end of the period given for appealing against a decision made under section 53C,

(b)if the decision under section 53C is appealed against, the time the appeal is disposed of, or

(c)the end of a period determined by the relevant licensing authority (which may not be longer than the period of time for which such interim steps could apply under paragraph (a) or (b)).

(5)Any interim steps taken under section 53B in relation to a premises licence cease to have effect when the decision made under section 53C comes into effect.

(6)In subsection (2) “relevant representations” means representations which—

(a)are relevant to one or more of the licensing objectives, and

(b)meet the requirements of subsection (7).

(7)The requirements are—

(a)that the representations are made by the holder of the premises licence, a responsible authority or any other person within the period prescribed under subsection 53A(3)(e),

(b)that they have not been withdrawn, and

(c)if they are made by a person who is not a responsible authority, that they are not, in the opinion of the relevant licensing authority, frivolous or vexatious.

(8)Where the relevant licensing authority determines that any representations are frivolous or vexatious, it must notify the person who made them of the reasons for that determination.

(9)A decision under this section may be appealed (see paragraph 8B of Part 1 of Schedule 5 (appeals: premises licences)).]

Textual Amendments

F15S. 53D inserted (31.1.2017 for specified purposes, 6.4.2017 in so far as not already in force) by Policing and Crime Act 2017 (c. 3), ss. 137(5), 183(1)(5)(e) (with s. 137(8)); S.I. 2017/399, reg. 3(c)

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