York's licensing policy

As the 'Licensing Authority' we have a duty to produce a Statement of Licensing Policy. This policy (published in March 2014) sets out the general approach we will take when making licensing decisions.

Licensing policy consultation

It's a legal requirement of the Licensing Act 2003 that our policy is formally reviewed at least once every five years; 

Following a request from North Yorkshire Police we're currently seeking your views on the proposed review of the wording within the 'Special Policy' relating to relating to applications for the variation of a premises licence or club premises certificates.

Current wording

See the 'Cumulative Impact', Section 7 of the Policy in which bullet point 5, 6 and 7, under the section 'Effects of the Special Policy', currently states:

5. Application for the variation of a premises licence or club premises certificate due to a change of style of operation:

Any application for the variation of style of operation which is subject to relevant representations will be considered on its own merits having regard to the promotion of the licensing objectives.

6. Application for the variation of a premises licence or club premises certificate resulting in an extension of  the premises and increased capacity:

There will be a presumption to refuse such applications, where relevant representation are received and where the increase in capacity would undermine the licensing objectives unless the applicant can rebut the presumption that the granting of such a variation would undermine the licensing objectives.

7. Application to vary the hours of operation attached to a premises licence or club premises certificate:

All applications that seek to extend the licensed hours will be considered on an individual basis. No different policy will apply in this area as opposed to the rest of the city.

Proposed changes

North Yorkshire Police believe that 'the variation of style of operation and hours' has as much impact within the Special Policy Area as the 'grant of a new licence and/or certificate', and the variation of a licence and/or certificate resulting in an extension of the premises and increased capacity.

Therefore, they have requested that these bullet points are reworded to state:

5. The following variations are considered to be material:

change in style of operation  physical extension of the premises that increases capacity  extension of hour of operation.

Therefore, there will be a presumption to refuse such applications, where relevant representations are received (deleted and) unless the applicant can rebut the presumption that the granting of such a variation would undermine the licensing objectives.

All applications that seek to extend the licensed hours will be considered on an individual basis. 

No different policy will apply in this area as opposed to the rest of the city. 

Get involved in the consultation

Your views on the revision of wording and the impact on licencing applications and revisions should be sent to in writing to email: licensing.unit@york.gov.uk or by post to our Licensing Section.

The closing date for this consultation is 22 June 2016.

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