Committee details

Licensing Committee

Purpose of committee

1               Licensing Committee

Composition:             10 Councillors in political balance. Chair appointed by Council annually.


All members of the Committee must:


(a)            have undertaken mandatory training on the relevant law and procedures which relate to the Committee’s work, toinclude an annual early hours visit with the Licensing Team; and


(b)            undertake further mandatory training, on an ad hoc basis, when there are changes to procedure or relevant legislation that are deemed significant by the relevant Chief Officer.


Terms of Reference:

1.1           To exercise licensing and registration functions, grant permissions, issue permits, make variations (including rescinding licences), make orders or notices and undertake such other regulatory functions as may be required, along with authorising associated enforcement action, including in connection with:

(a)   Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Vehicle, Operator and Driver licences under the Town Police Clauses Act 1847 and the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976;

(b)   Caravan Site licensing development/control and moveable dwellings/camping sites;

(c)   Sex shops and sex cinemas under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982;

(d)   Acupuncture, tattooing, semi-permanent skin colouring, piercing, electrolysis and other health and beauty treatments;

(e)   Pleasure boats and pleasure vessels;

(f)    Markets and Street Trading licences and consents;

(g)   Permissions under Section 115E and Notices under Section 115G of the Highways Act 1980 for the provision of services, amenities, recreation and refreshment facilities on pedestrianised areas;

(h)   Food supply, preparation, hygiene including restaurants, mobile and take-away food shops (including Closing Orders);

(i)    Game licensing and food legislation including functions relating to meat, fish, shellfish, dairy, poultry, eggs, butchering and food safety;

(j)    Scrap Metal Dealers and motor salvage operators;

(k)   Zoos, animals, pets, dog breeding and slaughterhouses;

(l)    Street collections, charitable activities and house to house collections;

(m)Loudspeakers, noise and statutory nuisances;

(n)   Second-hand goods dealers under the County of Lancashire Act 1984;

(o)   Employment of children;

(p)   Licensing Act 2003 and Gambling Act 2005 functions including premises related functions;

(q)   Gaming and Lotteries and Amusement Act responsibilities;

(r)    Public Place Protection Orders

(s)   Alcohol Disorder Zones; and

(t)    Pavement Licences under the Business and Planning Act 2020.

1.2           To impose any condition, limitation or other restriction on any approval, consent, licence, permission, order, notice or registration issued or granted, which is the responsibility of the Committee, and to determine any other terms to which it is subject;

1.3           To set the levels of any fee for an approval, licence, consent, permit, notice, order or registration which is the responsibility of the Committee;

1.4           To amend, vary, modify or revoke any approval, consent, licence, permission, order, notice or registration which is the responsibility of the Committee or any condition, limitation or term thereof;

1.5           To discharge any non-executive functions relating to contaminated land, control of pollution, management of air quality or statutory nuisance;

1.6           To develop Licensing and Gambling Policies for consideration by the Cabinet and Full Council;

1.7           To appoint the Chairs of ad-hoc Licensing Sub-Committees as required from time to time and draw members from the Licensing Committee for those Sub-Committees; and

1.8           To delegate licensing functions to Sub-Committees as required and to exercise any functions of the Licensing Sub-Committees that may be appropriate from time to time.



Contact information

Support officer: Sarah Moorghen, Democratic Support - email