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  • Local Government Licensing Law in Scotland
  • Sex Licensing
  • Gambling for Local Authorities (2nd Edition)
  • Journal of Licensing 

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Our members include:

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We have recently teamed up with the organisations listed below who are offering members a discount of their normal fees ranging from 10% to 20% discount.  For more information go to the Member Benefits page.


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Bookings now being taking for training provided by the Institute of Licensing, we come to you.

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See quotes below from recent training provided by Jim Hunter, IoL Training & Qualifications Officer.

'As Chair of Manchester's Licensing Committee I wanted to ensure that new Cllrs, Officers and Committee Members were all aware of Licensing rules and regulation. Jim Hunter provided 3 different training courses over two days to very different audiences. The interactive nature in which the training was delivered meant that all attendees found the courses really useful. The feedback forms were excellent not only in relation to the knowledge gained but also that people had really enjoyed the training sessions, a real success - Thank you!'  Cllr Hitchen, Chairman Manchester City Council.

'It is so easy to take a blinkered view and not look beyond the policies and issues in your own authority. What I found most useful about the day was not only being able to learn from the good practice at other councils but also learn from their mistakes, from someone who clearly has the current, relevant, facts at his fingertips.'  Chair, Oxford Licensing Committee.

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Burger King granted alcohol licence

Published Date: 01/Dec/2015

Burger King will become the first fast-food restaurant in the UK to serve alcohol after its restaurant in Bury St Edmunds was granted an alcohol licence.
Online gambling in Britain measured accurately for the first time

Published Date: 30/Nov/2015

Figures released by the Gambling Commission is set to help paint an accurate picture of how much consumers in Britain spend gambling online.
Gambling Commission launches gaming machines consultation

Published Date: 30/Nov/2015

The Gambling Commission has launched a consultation about where gaming machines can be played.
IoL response to BBPA statement on the Draft Guidance to Premises Licence Conditions Consultation »

Published Date: 02/Oct/2015

The Institute of Licensing (IoL) is disappointed that BBPA has chosen to comment prematurely on the Institute’s Licensing Conditions Project. Our draft proposals are still out for consultation and our final Guidance will fully reflect the responses we receive. This consultation has benefited enormously from the constructive views expressed from a wide range of stakeholders including trade bodies, local authorities, police forces, licensing lawyers and individual professionals.

The purpose of this project was as much about getting a fairer deal for operators who find they are continually facing silly or badly drafted conditions and have to challenge them, as it was about engaging constructively with responsible authorities which propose conditions. The primary purpose of the consultation document was to move away from blanket or inappropriate conditions. The consultation provides the opportunity for those that respond to comment on both the principles and the detail of our suggestions, and we are very grateful to those trade bodies that have given us constructive operational input. We are confident that as a result of our open dialogue and debate with all stakeholders that we will get a good outcome that will command broad support.

Daniel Davies, Chairman IoL

Journal of Licensing

The Institute's Journal of Licensing is published 3 times per annum usually in March, July and November. 

Don't forget that extra copies are available to IoL members at only £10 each (Normal price £70 for 3 copies).  

Get all 11 copies of the JoL (up to and including March 2015) 
ONLY     £25 + 13.50 P&P    IoL Members 
£95 + £13.50 P&P   Non-Members (includes  complimentary membership for 2015/16)

To order your extra copies email orders@instituteoflicensing.org

IoL presents its 4th licensing book »

Local Government Licensing Law in Scotland – A practical guide, by Stephen J McGowan

ISBN - 978-0-9555392-3-7

The IoL is proud to announce its 4th licensing book publication. Local Government Licensing Law in Scotland – A practical guide, written by leading Scottish licensing solicitor and established author Stephen J McGowan.

The book is now available for immediate dispatch. (Delivery normally within 3 working days)

IoL Members - £30.00 + P&P
Non Members - £40.00 + P&P

Institute Publications »

In addition to the Journal of Licensing, the Institute is proud to be able to offer a range of key licensing  publications including:

  • Gambling for Local Authorities: Licensing, Planning and Regeneration (2nd Edition) General Editor Philip Kolvin QC
  • Sex Licensing  - Philip Kolvin QC     ISBN 978-0-9555392-2-0
  • Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment

We are currently offering a special purchase price for multiple purchases.  Further details can be found on our publications page.

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If you have been involved in a case, or initiative or simply have a story to share, email us at
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