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5Statement of licensing policyE+W

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(1)Each licensing authority must in respect of each [F1five] year period—

(a)determine its policy with respect to the exercise of its licensing functions, and

(b)publish a statement of that policy F2... before the beginning of the period.

F3(2). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(3)Before determining its policy for a [F4five] year period, a licensing authority must consult—

(a)the chief officer of police for the licensing authority’s area,

(b)the [F5fire and rescue authority] for that area,

[F6(ba)each F7... Local Health Board for an area any part of which is in the licensing authority's area,]

[F8(bb)each local authority in England whose public health functions within the meaning of the National Health Service Act 2006 are exercisable in respect of an area any part of which is in the licensing authority's area,]

(c)such persons as the licensing authority considers to be representative of holders of premises licences issued by that authority,

(d)such persons as the licensing authority considers to be representative of holders of club premises certificates issued by that authority,

(e)such persons as the licensing authority considers to be representative of holders of personal licences issued by that authority, and

(f)such other persons as the licensing authority considers to be representative of businesses and residents in its area.

(4)During each [F9five] year period, a licensing authority must keep its policy [F10in respect of that period] under review and make such revisions to it, at such times, as it considers appropriate.

(5)Subsection (3) applies in relation to any revision of an authority’s policy as it applies in relation to the original determination of that policy.

(6)Where revisions are made, the licensing authority must publish a statement of the revisions or the revised licensing statement.

[F11(6A)Without prejudice to subsection (4), a licensing authority may replace its policy in respect of a period, with effect from any date during that period, by—

(a)determining its policy with respect to the exercise of its licensing functions in respect of a period of five years beginning with that date, and

(b)publishing a statement of that policy before that date.

(6B)Subsection (3) applies in relation to any determination under subsection (6A) as it applies in relation to a determination under subsection (1).

(6C)A licensing statement must specify the five year period to which it relates.]

[F12(6D)In determining or revising its policy, a licensing authority must have regard to any cumulative impact assessments published by it under section 5A.

(6E)A licensing statement must—

(a)summarise any cumulative impact assessments published by the licensing authority under section 5A, and

(b)explain how the licensing authority has discharged its duty under subsection (6D).]

(7)Regulations may make provision about the determination and revision of policies, and the preparation and publication of licensing statements, under this section.

[F13(8)In this section—

  • five year period”, in relation to a licensing authority, means—

    (a)

    if paragraph (b) does not apply, the period of five years ending with 6 January 2016, and each subsequent period of five years, or

    (b)

    if a licensing authority has published a licensing statement under subsection (6A), the period of five years to which the most recently published such statement relates, and each subsequent period of five years;

  • licensing statement” means a statement published under subsection (1)(b) or (6A)(b).]

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F5Words in s. 5(3)(b) substituted (7.9.2004 for E. for certain purposes and 1.10.2004 otherwise and 10.11.2004 for W.) by Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 (c. 21), ss. 53, 61, Sch. 1 para. 98(2)(3)(b); S.I. 2004/2304, art. 2(1){(2)}; S.I. 2004/2917, art. 2

F7Words in s. 5(3)(ba) omitted (1.4.2013) by virtue of Health and Social Care Act 2012 (c. 7), s. 306(4), Sch. 5 para. 112(a); S.I. 2013/160, art. 2(2) (with arts. 7-9)

F12S. 5(6D)(6E) inserted (31.1.2017 for specified purposes, 6.4.2018 in so far as not already in force) by Policing and Crime Act 2017 (c. 3), ss. 141(2), 183(1)(5)(e); S.I. 2018/456, reg. 2

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