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Member Question - Street Trading Consents

Published Date: 27/May/2015

The Licensing Panel approved a Street Trading Consent on 9 April 2014 with a condition that the applicant did not commence trading until such time as he complied with Food Hygiene and Health and Safety Legislation.
I understand that Environmental Health inspected his vehicle on 21 May 2015.
LGMP Act states that the licence is granted for one year, does this commence on 9 April 2014 (date of grant) or 21 May 2015 (date of compliance)?
Government outline plans to simplify and extend Primary Authority

Published Date: 21/May/2015

Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, has outlined plans to simplify and extend Primary Authority, as part of a wider Enterprise Bill.
Report published on impact of Licensing Act – 10 years on

Published Date: 21/May/2015

A report published by the Institute of Economic Affairs looks at the impact of the Licensing Act 2003 over the last decade.

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).  To order your extra copies email orders@instituteoflicensing.org

IoL to develop model conditions and guidance

The Institute of Licensing is delighted to announce its intention to develop good practice guidance in relation to licence conditions and operating schedules.

It is clear that there is huge inconsistency currently both in the approach to applying conditions and to their quality and enforceability. Likewise, the standard of operating schedules varies enormously, and applicants may benefit significantly from the provision of independent guidance.

The guidance will be aimed at local authorities, responsible authorities and industry operators and will highlight good practice in the crafting and application of licence conditions, and the formulation of premises licence operating schedules. 

The project will include the provision of a pool of model conditions. This will be available for use as a reference tool by both industry and regulators when compiling licence operating schedules or considering the imposition of licence conditions. It is NOT the Institute's intention to create a set of mandatory (or 'standard') conditions, and the final guidance will emphasise that each application MUST be considered on its own merits.

To kick start the project we are asked licensing practitioners to provide us with examples of tried and tested conditions, premises operating policies and the like.  Many thanks to all of you who responded - we now have a significant amount of material to work with.

The project will be taken forward utilising our contacts within the IoL to ensure that we obtain expert advice from the relevant fields, as well as ensuring that the final conditions are scrutinised from every angle.

The guidance will be very clear in its role which is to provide a reference tool and to assist in providing tested wording for conditions relating to every likely aspect of licensing regulation. This will not in any way take the form of a set of "standard" conditions.

We would be happy to hear your thoughts, ideas or suggestions in relation to areas which could usefully be clarified within the guidance.

Any queries or suggestions should be directed  to IoL Executive Officer Sue Nelson. Email- sue@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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