Application for a Time Limited Premises Licence under the Licensing Act 2003
Brighton Christmas Festival
E3 Events Limited
Date of Meeting:
12 August 2022
Executive Director of Housing, Neighbourhoods & Communities
St Peter’s and North Laine
1. PURPOSE OF REPORT AND POLICY CONTEXT
1.1 To determine an application for a Time Limited Premises Licence under the Licensing Act 2003 for Brighton Christmas Festival.
2.1 That the Panel determine an application for a Time Limited Premises Licence under the Licensing Act 2003 for Brighton Christmas Festival.
3. CONTEXT/BACKGROUND INFORMATION & CONSULTATION
3.1 The application is for a Time Limited Premises Licence under the Licensing Act 2003. The application proposes Time limited premises licence from 18.11.2022 to 21.12.22.
St. Peter's Plaza, Richmond Square and Valley Gardens North comprise public squares and greenspace, licenced by Brighton and Hove City Council to E3 Events Limited for the delivery of a Christmas Market, associated attractions, and entertainment to be known as Brighton Christmas Festival.
The festival will feature - Christmas Market: Stands/stalls/spaces comprising wooden chalets, marquee structures, stalls and specialist vehicles from which traders will display and offer for sale a variety of food, beverages, produce, products, and services. Some (registered with the Charity Commission) will
promote charitable causes.
Après Ski: A themed, access-controlled structure comprising public bar for the sale of alcoholic beverages. Also featuring amplified live entertainment and recorded music.
Ferris Wheel: A 22m high, illuminated "Happy Wheel" creating a landmark centrepiece and focal point for the Christmas Market.
The Christmas Market is open access (except Après Ski) with no paid or ticketed admission (some individual attractions e.g., The Happy Wheel) attractions may charge. Visitors may flow freely throughout the premises, and the event will encourage integration of the city's shops, restaurants, and local attractions under the umbrella of the Brighton Christmas Festival. It is anticipated that the overall capacity of the premises is unlikely to exceed 5,000 at any one time.
3.2 Part M of the application is detailed at Appendix A and the plan of the premises is attached at Appendix B
3.3 Summary table of proposed activities
Monday – Sunday
10:00 – 23:00
Monday – Sunday
10:00 – 23:00
Supply of Alcohol
Monday – Sunday
10:00 – 23:00
On and off premises
Hours premises are open to public
Monday – Sunday
10:00 – 23:00
3.4 Cumulative Impact. The premises falls within the Cumulative Impact Area (“The Area”) (see paragraphs 3.1 – 3.1.10).
3.5 Details of the representations made are notified to applicants on receipt by the Licensing Authority using a pro-forma. A summary appears below:
3.6 1 representation was received. It was received from a local resident.
3.7 Representation received had concerns relating to Prevention of Public Nuisance.
3.8 Full details of the representation is attached at Appendix C. A map detailing the location of the premises is attached at Appendix D. Agreed conditions with Sussex Police are attached at Appendix E.
4. COMMENTARY ON THE LICENSING POLICY
4.1 The following extracts from Brighton & Hove City Council Statement of Licensing Policy are considered relevant to this application and are numbered as they appear in the policy:
1.1 This Statement of Licensing Policy has been prepared in accordance with the
provisions of the Licensing Act 2003 (the Act) and having regard to Guidance
issued by the Home Office under Section 182 of the act. This policy takes effect
from the 4th February 2021. The licensing authority is Brighton & Hove City Council.
The purpose of this statement is to promote the licensing objectives and set out a
general approach to making licensing decisions. The discretion of the licensing
authority in relation to applications under the act is only engaged if ‘relevant
representations’ are made by other persons or responsible authorities. This policy
will inform the approach to be taken when deciding applications and imposing
conditions when relevant representations are received. It is also intended as a
guide for applicants as to what to include in their operating schedules, always
recognising that if no representations are received, the application must be granted.
The licensing authority must carry out its functions with a view to promoting the
licensing objectives and this policy is framed around those objectives. Each
application will be given individual consideration on its merit. The scope of this
policy covers the following:
• Retail sales of alcohol.
• The supply of alcohol by or on behalf of a club, or to the order of, a member of
• The provision of regulated entertainment.
• The provision of late night refreshment.
1.2 The licensing objectives are:
(a) the prevention of crime and disorder.
(b) public safety.
(c) the prevention of public nuisance; and
(d) the protection of children from harm.
1.3.1 Licensing is about regulating licensable activities on licensed premises, by
qualifying clubs and at temporary events. Any conditions attached to various
authorisations will be focused on matters which are within the control of individual
licensees and others with relevant authorisations, i.e. the premises and its vicinity.
Each application will be given individual consideration on its merit. Nothing in this
policy shall undermine the right of any individual to apply under the terms of the act
for a variety of permissions and to have any such application considered on its
individual merits. Similarly, nothing in this policy shall override the right of any
person to make representations on an application or seek a review of a licence or
certificate where provision has been made for them to do so in the act.
3 Special Policies and Initiatives
3.1 Cumulative impact
3.1.1 The licensing authority may receive representations from either a responsible
authority or other persons that the premises will give rise to a negative cumulative
impact on one or more of the licensing objectives. This should not, however, be
confused with ‘need’ which relates more to the commercial demand for a particular
type of premises. The issue of ‘need’ is therefore a matter for the market to decide
and can, in some circumstances, be a matter for planning consideration; need
therefore, does not form part of this licensing policy statement.
3.1.2 Special Policy - Cumulative Impact is defined as the potential impact upon the
promotion of the licensing objectives of a significant number of licensed premises
concentrated in one area.
3.1.3 The licensing authority, after careful consideration, has determined that the
concentration of licensed premises in an area of the city centre is causing problems
of crime and disorder and public nuisance, and that therefore an approach to
‘Cumulative Impact’ is necessary as part of its statement of licensing policy. The
first Special Policy incorporating a Cumulative Impact Zone (CIZ) and Special
Stress Areas (SSA’s) was adopted in March 2008. Since that date, the licensing
authority has kept the CIZ and SSA’s under review. On 15 December 2011 Full
Council resolved to expand the CIZ and the special stress area, covering 1.5% of
the administrative area of Brighton & Hove City Council. On 20th November 2014
Licensing Committee resolved to confirm the current CIZ and SSA as defined in the
current Statement of Licensing Policy. On the 29th November 2018 Licensing
Committee resolved to expand the SSA into Central Hove. It is now proposed to
expand the SSA into Preston Road and Beaconsfield Road. The licensing authority
has published a Cumulative Impact Assessment which can be found at Appendix E.
3.1.4 This special policy will refer to a Cumulative Impact Zone (“the CIZ”) in the Brighton city centre, a detailed plan of which is shown below.
3.1.5 The Cumulative Impact Zone comprises the area bounded by and including: the
north side of Western Road, Brighton from its intersection with the west side of
Holland Road to the junction with the west side of Dyke Road at its eastern end;
from there, north-east to the junction of the north side of Air Street with the west
side of Queens Road and then northward to the north-west corner of Surrey Street
junction with Queens Road; thence along the north side of Trafalgar Street
eastwards to its junction with York Place and continuing south-east across to Grand
Parade, then south to the junction of Edward Street; along the north side of Edward
Street to the east side of its junction with Egremont Place and southward along the
eastern sides of Upper Rock Gardens and Lower Rock Gardens; southward to the
mean water mark and following the mean water line westward to a point due south
of the west boundary of Holland Road; northward to that point and along the west
side of Holland Road to its northwest boundary and then diagonally across Western
Road to its intersection with the west side of Holland Road.
3.1.6 The special policy will only be overridden in exceptional circumstances. The effect
of this special policy is that applications for new premises licences or club premises
certificates within the area, or variations which are likely to add to the existing
Cumulative Impact will be refused following relevant representations. This
presumption can be rebutted by the applicant if they can show that their application
will have no negative Cumulative Impact.
3.1.7 This special policy also applies to all new premises licences and club premises
certificates, for example pubs, restaurants and take-away establishments. Off
licences also come within this policy as they can contribute to problems of street
drinking, proxy purchasing, dispersal issues, preloading and excessive drinking and
3.1.8 The presumption of refusal does not relieve responsible authorities or other persons of the need to make a relevant representation. If there are no representations, the licensing authority must grant the application in terms consistent with the operating
3.1.9 Furthermore, this special policy is not absolute. Upon receipt of a relevant
representation, the licensing authority will always consider the circumstances of
each case and whether there are exceptional circumstances to justify departing
from its special policy in the light of the individual circumstances of the case. If an
application is unlikely to add to the cumulative impact of the area, it may be granted.
The impact can be expected to be different for premises with different styles and
characteristics. For example, while a large nightclub or high capacity public house
might add to problems of cumulative impact, a small restaurant, theatre or live
music venue (where alcohol is not the primary activity) may be considered
exceptional circumstances. The fact that a premises will be/is exceptionally well
managed with a well-qualified applicant, or that there are no residential premises
nearby, will not be considered exceptional.
3.1.10 If the licensing authority decides that an application should be refused, it will still
need to show that the grant of the application would undermine the promotion of
one of the licensing objectives and that conditions would be ineffective in preventing
the problems involved.
3.3 The Matrix Approach
The Licensing Authority will support:
3.3.1 Diversity of premises: ensures that there is a mix of the different types of licensed
premises and attracts a more diverse range of customers from different age groups,
different communities and with different attitudes to alcohol consumption. It gives
potential for positively changing the ambience of the city or an area of it. This will
have a positive effect in reducing people’s fear of crime and in increasing the
number of evening visitors to the city centre. The Community Safety Strategy
recognises that too many single uses in a confined area and patrons turning out
onto the streets at the same time may create opportunities for violent crime and
public disorder and therefore supports mixed use venues encouraging a wider age
3.3.2 A “matrix” approach to licensing decisions has been adopted and is set out below. It provides a framework of what the licensing authority would like to see within its area
and gives an indication of the likelihood of success or otherwise to investor and
businesses making applications.
Matrix approach for licensing decisions in a Statement of Licensing Policy (times relates to
Cumulative Impact Area
Special Stress Area
Yes (10 pm)
Yes (10 pm)
Yes (10 pm)
Late Night Takeaways
Non-alcohol lead (e.g. Theatre)
Yes (Up to 11pm but if in densely residential area may be earlier – see note 7 below)
Members Club (club premises certificate)
Yes (<100 capacity) (11pm)
Yes (<100 capacity) (11pm)
Notes on matrix
Subject to the following notes, the policy, as represented in the matrix, will be
strictly adhered to:
1) Each application will be considered on individual merit
2) Applications within the CIZ are subject to the special policy on cumulative impact at
para 3.1, and those within the special stress area to the special stress policy
considerations at para 3.2.
3) Departure from the matrix policy is expected only in exceptional circumstances
4) Exceptional circumstances will not include quality of management or size of venue
except where explicitly stated in policy matrix.
5) Exceptional circumstances may include: consultation with and meeting
requirements of responsible authorities, an appropriate corporate social
responsibility policy, community contribution to offset impact (such as financial
contribution to infrastructure), community support, alcohol sale ancillary to business
activity (demonstrable to responsible authorities and licensing authority, for instance
by licence condition allowing authorised officers access to sales accounts).
6) The following licensing activities are encouraged and valued by the licensing
authority: outdoor regulated entertainment, community based street parties,
members clubs, traditional pubs outside the city centre and non-alcohol led
licensable activities, particularly within city centre.
7) Other Areas; consideration will be given to the nature of the area and location in
relation to any application. In a residential area for example the concerns of local
residents will be relevant when considering applications for off-licences, pubs or
cafes, especially if there is evidence of anti-social behaviour, street drinking or
underage drinking. Earlier closing times may be appropriate. Regard will be had to
the Public Health Framework for assessing alcohol licensing on our website
8) In an area where there are already several existing off-licences or where the
premises is situated within a parade with another off licence and where
representations are received about negative cumulative impact on the licensing
objectives of a further premises, the application may be refused on these grounds
or restrictions placed on the terminal hour to reflect opening hours of other shops.
9) Outdoor events will be supported where arranged through the council’s event
planning process. Generally, regulated entertainment in the open air including tents
and marquees should have a maximum closure hour of 2300. Earlier hours may be
imposed in sensitive open spaces or near residential areas. The licensing authority
will have regard to Noise Council guidance.
10) Non-alcohol led category does not include “alcohol in shared workplaces”. It is
recommended that sale of alcohol in shared workspaces should have a terminal
hour of no later than10pm. For further advice and guidance on “alcohol in shared
workplaces” please see paragraph 3.3.4-3.3.6.
3.3.3 Cafes - the licensing authority may be prepared to look favourably upon an
application for the grant of a licence, subject to the following conditions that will
prevent the premises becoming a public house.
• The sale of intoxicating liquor and other beverages shall be waiter/waitress
service for consumption by persons seated at tables.
• Substantial food shall be available at all times. The licensing authority shall
judge each case on its own merits but as a general rule, a bowl of crisps,
nuts, or olives does not constitute substantial food.
3.3.3 Restaurants - the licensing authority may be prepared to look favourably upon an
application for the grant of a licence, subject to the following restaurant condition.
• Intoxicating liquor shall not be supplied or sold on the premises otherwise
than to persons taking table meals there and for the consumption by such a
person as an ancillary to their meal. There will be no vertical drinking.
• Restaurants with outside service - the licensing authority will also consider
applications from restaurants that request to serve alcohol to areas adjacent
to or immediately outside their premises. In addition to the above conditions
for cafes, the licensing authority will require evidence that the applicants
have an agreement with the local authority to use the area as defined on a
plan provided. The following condition may also apply:
• The sale and supply of alcohol for consumption off the premises shall be
restricted to an area licensed by the Local Authority for use of the public
highway as shown on the plan deposited and such area shall be defined by a
physical barrier acceptable to the licensing authority.
3.5 Off licences
In recent years there has been a noticeable shift towards more people buying
alcohol from shops and drinking at home prior to going into premises such as pubs
and clubs. The council is concerned that alcohol loading from off-licence sales is a
significant problem in the city and adversely affects the licensing objectives as it
gives rise to problems of drunkenness, disorderly behaviour and a higher risk of
alcohol sales to children. Representations from the police, local residents and the
director of public health at licensing panel hearings have testified to these problems
and Information published in the Public Health Framework for assessing alcohol
licensing presents a ward by ward analysis of crime and disorder and health data
which is relevant in this respect.
3.5.1 The special policy on cumulative impact and the special stress areas apply to off licences as explained in the matrix approach at 3.3. But in general, where
applications are made for new premises or variations to existing licences, and
where the police or others make representations against the grant of a further
licence for off sales, the council will give specific consideration to restricting the
number, type, and the hours of premises selling alcohol exclusively for consumption
off the premises. Decisions will be grounded in the Public Health Framework for
assessing alcohol licensing. The council will want to be assured that the operating
schedule of premises, and their overall management, training and levels of staffing,
are appropriate to ensure that the licensing objectives are promoted in what may be
challenging circumstances. Retail outlets and stores where the provision of fresh
produce is the principal product sold maybe considered more favourably.
3.5.2 The Licensing Authority encourage off licences to join the Council led “Sensible on
Strength” scheme to reduce the availability of cheap super strength beers and
ciders. Off licences voluntarily sign up not to sell cheap super-strength beers and
ciders over 6% ABV and operate good practice measures (see 3.5.3) for which
they receive an accreditation as a responsible retailer.
3.5.3 Areas of best practice that may be included in an Operating Schedule include
• the installation of a digital CCTV system by liaison with, and to a standard
approved by Sussex Police
• Challenge 25 policy
• Refusals system
• Documented staff training including underage sales, drunkenness and proxy
• Voluntary restriction of high strength alcohol - operating schedules may be used
to limit high ABV beers and ciders
• BCRP membership (or other accredited scheme)
• No sale of single cans
• Displays should not be located at the entrance/exit points or near checks out
3.5.4 The Licensing Authority and Sussex Police have specific concerns around the
delivery of alcohol off the premises due to issues around the end location of delivery, age verification checks (Challenge 25), the increased possibility of the
alcohol coming into the CIZ and SSA from other areas, as well as the personal
safety of drivers when having to refuse a delivery at the end destination.
3.5.5 Alcohol delivery poses a unique set of challenges as it often transfers the final age
verification to a person who has no responsibility in relation to the Premises Licence
which authorised the sale of alcohol. A premises licence holder needs to be
satisfied that their drivers or the delivery drivers of the third party company they
chose to use, have received regular and comprehensive training in age verification
and identifying persons who have consumed too much alcohol.
3.5.6 Evidence has shown that customers have previously used landmarks/businesses
not related to them as addresses for delivery so that alcohol could be consumed in
open spaces/parks. The risk being that this may lead to increased crime and
disorder including anti-social behaviour and criminal damage, as well as the
possibility that underage persons can gain access to alcohol. Concerns have also
been raised about the delivery of alcohol to known street drinking hotspots.
Therefore, a condition requiring all deliveries to be to a verifiable residential or
business address and a face to face ID verification is vital in mitigating some of this
3.5.7 While the Licensing Authority and Sussex Police recognise this is a growing area of business, new or variation applications to include the delivery of alcohol off the
premises will be subject to increased scrutiny. Suggested conditions for the
provision of an alcohol delivery service can be found at Appendix A. These are not
exhaustive and each application will be considered on its own merits.
3.6.1 The Licensing Authority will have regard to areas highlighted by Sussex Police that are at risk from alcohol related anti-social behaviour. The nature of these areas can
be fluid/seasonal and so updated maps and data will be produced regularly to
ensure the information is current. These hot spot areas are considered high risk for
street drinkers and the Licensing Authority will have regard to prevention of crime
and disorder by virtue of street drinking and anti-social behaviour when considering
applications in this area.
3.9 Promoters and irresponsible drinks promotions
3.9.1 The Licensing Act 2003 makes no mention or provision for the use of promoters
within licensed premises. Many of the late night bars and clubs within the Brighton
& Hove Cumulative Impact Zone regularly hire promoters to sell nights at their
venues. In recent years with the introduction of promoters within the Brighton night
time economy, several issues have arisen. This includes promoters vouching for
underage customers to get them inside licensed premises where they can access
alcohol, providing flyers to passers-by who throw them on the floor and
irresponsible promotions for their nights. Many premises now have an agreement
with their promoter for acceptable promotions and behaviour which includes the
signing of a written contract of expectations. This shows premises evidencing their
due diligence and ensures that promotion companies know what is expected of
them. The contract could include, obligations to pick up self-generated litter,
verification of ages of their customers and users of their social media, promoters
being over the age of 18 and responsible advertising on social media.
3.9.2 The Licensing Authority expect licensed premises to develop staff policy and
training on recognising signs of drunkenness and vulnerability, for example, offering
drinking water and tips for refusing customers who appear drunk. And discourage
company polices that promote bonuses and sales incentives for selling alcohol.
Licensing Authority will expect necessary precautionary processes to restrict
drunkenness, e.g. Licensing Guidance states happy hours should not be designed
to encourage individuals to drink excessively or rapidly.
6 Prevention of Public Nuisance
The following details and measures are intended to address the need for the prevention of public nuisance which may be associated with licensed premises and certificated club
6.1.1 In determining applications for new and varied licences, regard will be had to the
location of premises, the type and construction of the building and the likelihood of
nuisance and disturbance to the amenity of nearby residents by reason of noise
from within the premises, as a result of people entering or leaving the premises or
from individuals or groups of customers gathered outside (eg in order to smoke).
6.1.2 Applications for new licences or for the extension in size of licensed premises
should not normally be granted if the premises will use amplified or live music and
operate within or abutting premises containing residential accommodation except
that occupied by staff of the licensed premises. A condition may be imposed on new
licences that entertainment noise shall be inaudible in any residence. Noise
emanating from within licensed premises should not normally be audible outside.
6.1.3 Installation of sound limiting equipment and sound insulation may be required to
minimise disturbance to the amenity of nearby residents by reason of noise from the
6.1.4 Generally, regulated entertainment in the open air including tents and marquees
should have a maximum closure hour of 2300. Earlier hours may be imposed in
sensitive open spaces or near residential areas. The Licensing Authority will have
regard to Noise Council guidance.
6.1.5 In determining applications for new licences or extensions in hours or terminal
hours of licensed premises, regard will be had to late night public transport
availability and location of taxi ranks to aid dispersal of customers.
6.1.6 Reasonable controls are available to all premises operators to minimise the impact of noise from customers outside. The council’s Environmental Health Department has issued guidance on a number of steps that can be taken in this respect which are endorsed by this policy (see 6.2 below).
6.2.1 Premises licence holders will be expected to:
· Develop a management plan on how to manage smoking on your premises and ensure that all staff are aware of the contents of this plan, and that it is effectively implemented. Noise from people smoking and talking can be intermittent, vary in character and volume and be intrusive. An effective smoking management plan will help prevent neighbours being disturbed.
· Comply with any planning conditions restricting the use of outdoor areas.
· Ensure that any structures used by smokers comply with the design criteria detailed in the Heath Act 2006 and that any structures, awnings, retractable canopies, etc. have the relevant planning permission.
· Ensure any new lighting to outdoor areas must be designed so as not to cause a light nuisance to neighbours and again have the relevant planning permission and building control consent.
· Ensure that the conditions on the premises licence are complied with. There may be conditions restricting the hours of use of gardens and outdoor areas. Having reviewed the contents of the premises licence you may find it necessary to request a variation of your licence.
· Licence tables and chairs on the Public Highway under the provisions of the Highways Act 1980. These licences may have conditions restricting the times that the area can be used.
· Ensure drinks, glasses and bottles are not taken onto the highway unless there is a tables and chairs licence permitting use. A system should be adopted to prevent theft and ‘spiking’ of drinks and reminding customers not to leave unattended items.
· Discourage smokers remaining in gardens and outdoor areas and determine terminal hours.
· Discourage smokers remaining outside by removing/disabling tables and chairs or prohibiting their use after a certain time. Lights and heaters will also be turned off.
· Introduce a system that after a certain time the number of smokers outside are restricted to a maximum number. Staff will be needed to manage this restriction.
· Employ staff and/or SIA registered door supervisors to manage doors and control customers and smokers entering and leaving the premises. Staff positioned on the doors can help to encourage customers not to cause a noise problem. It may be that staff are required to manage doors after a certain time, particularly during the hours when neighbouring residents are trying to sleep.
· Ensure door supervisors maintain order outside venues and protect customer safety. BCRP supports the use of Night Safe. Radio net and other pager systems and pub watch schemes can be used to provide for rapid police response and alert other venues where customers and staff are endangered.
· Position signs to remind customers that the premises is in an area where people live. It is not always obvious in busy commercial streets with flats above. By changing the design and wording of signs customers do not forget. Signs can be located in and outside the premises and on tables.
· Use CCTV to manage outside areas.
6.2.2 Licensed premises should normally display prominent, legible signs at exits reminding customers to leave in a quiet, peaceful, orderly manner.
8 Integration of Strategies
8.1.1 The licensing authority shall secure the proper integration of this policy with local
crime prevention, planning policy, transport, tourism and cultural strategies by:-
• Liaising and consulting with the Sussex Police, Community Safety Forum,
Sustainability Commission representatives and following the guidance in
community safety and crime and disorder strategy
• Liaising and consulting with Public and Alcohol Programme Board
• Liaising and consulting with the East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service
• Liaising and consulting with the Local Strategic Partnership, Safety Advisory
Group (Emergency Planning) and Equalities and Social Justice Consultation
• Liaising and consulting with the Planning authority
• Liaising and consulting with the Highways authority
• Liaising and consulting with local business and business associations. Having
regard to any future documents issued relating to the Private Security Industry
Act 2001, for example liaison or information sharing protocols
• Liaising and consulting with the Trading Standards Team, for example with
regard to test purchasing codes of practice
8.1.2 In line with statutory requirements and the council’s Inclusion Policy, the Licensing
Authority shall have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, and
to promote equality of opportunity and positive relations between persons of diverse
backgrounds, for example communities of interest such as: lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender people; disabled people; racial and ethnic groups; religious and
8.1.3 This policy supports the aims of the tourism strategy, recognising the benefits for
the tourism economy of creating a safer and more attractive city centre and
improving competitiveness with other European cities. The Licensing Committee
should receive any reports relevant to the needs of the local tourist economy and
the cultural strategy for the area to ensure that it considers these matters.
8.1.4 The Licensing Committee should receive relevant information relating to the
employment situation of the area and the need for new investment and employment
8.1.5 Specific conditions may be attached to premises licences to reflect local crime
prevention strategies. Such conditions may include the use of closed circuit
television cameras, use of the NightSafe radio system or accredited scheme, the
provision and use of shatterproof drinking receptacles, drugs and weapons search
policy, the use of registered door supervisors, specialised lighting requirements,
hours of opening. Certificates issued to club premises shall reflect local crime
prevention strategies and may include any or all of the requirements listed above.
8.1.6 The licensing authority will have regard to the need to disperse people quickly and
safely from the city centre to avoid concentrations which may produce disorder and
8.3 Enforcement (delete if not applicable)
8.3.1 The Enforcement of licensing law and inspection of licensed premises is detailed in the Protocol between Sussex Police, the East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and
Brighton & Hove City Council. This protocol reflects the need for more efficient
deployment of Police and Local Authority staff commonly engaged in licensing
enforcement and can be found at Appendix D (Lead Agency Status) of the
Statement of Licensing Policy. In addition, the Licensing Authority will have regard to
its published Licensing Enforcement Policy in making enforcement decisions in
accordance with Brighton & Hove City Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy
(Appendix B). In order to better target enforcement resources, inspections will be
undertaken outside of normal office hours and the sharing of information between
all enforcement agencies will be encouraged through joint meetings or similar
8.3.2 Attention is drawn to the targeting of agreed problem and high risk premises
requiring greater attention as identified in the protocol. A number of other council
and government policies, strategies and guidance documents must be taken into
account to complement the policy, including:
• Community Safety & Crime Reduction Strategy
• Drugs and alcohol strategies – local alcohol harm reduction strategy
• Objectives of the Security Industry Authority
• The Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003/ASBPC Act 2014
• The Health Act 2006
• The Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006
• Policing and Crime Act 2009
10 Live Music, Dancing & Theatre
10.1.1 This policy recognises the need to encourage live music, dancing and theatre for
the wider cultural benefits of the community generally. In addressing such issues
the potential for limited disturbance in neighbourhoods will always be carefully
balanced with these wider benefits, particularly for children. The impact of licensing
on regulated entertainment, particularly live music and dancing, will be monitored.
Where indications are that such events are being deterred by licensing
requirements, the policy will be revisited with a view to investigating how such
situations might be reversed.
10.1.2 The Licensing Committee represents the general interests of a community in
determining what conditions should be attached to licences and certificates as a
matter of necessity for the promotion of the licensing objectives. All members of the
Licensing Committee will be trained on Licensing Act 2003 and S182 Guidance.
The Licensing authority is aware of the need to avoid measures which deter live
music, dancing and theatre - such as imposing indirect costs out of proportion to the
income of the licence holder and to the risks presented. Only appropriate,
proportionate and reasonable licensing conditions should impose any restrictions on
10.1.3 The licensing committee will support the cultural zones, outdoor eating areas, food led operations, community pubs, live entertainment and protect living conditions in
mixed use areas.
APPENDIX A – Licensing Best Practice Measures
Best Practice Measures to be included for consideration, in particular in SSA:
Matters that would normally be expected in operating schedules:
· the adoption of a policy (e.g. Challenge 25) with acceptable proof of ID as
per existing Statement of Licensing Policy
· all off sales to be made in sealed containers for consumption away from
· a smoking policy which includes an assessment of noise and litter created
by premises users
· the use of plastic or polycarbonate drinking vessels and containers,
especially in outside areas or after specified hours
· a policy in relation to searching customers and for drugs, weapons, seized
or lost and found property
· use of a refusals book for registering attempts to buy alcohol by under-age
persons or refusals to those intoxicated
· the installation of a digital CCTV system by liaison with, and to a standard
approved by, Sussex Police
· policies for dispersal of customers which may include signage regarding
taxi services’ telephone numbers and advice to respect neighbours and
Items to which positive consideration would be given:
· membership of Business Crime Reduction Partnership, Pubwatch,
Neighbourhood Watch or similar schemes
· use of ‘Night Safe’ radio system or similar accredited scheme
· regular training and reminders for staff in respect of licensing legislation,
policies and procedures; records of which should be properly recorded and
available for inspection
sports events, birthday parties, adult entertainment, etc.) to relevant
authorities and use of appropriate additional measures at such events
Recommend best practice for both on and off premises
• Staff must be aware of the risk of the problem of proxy sales and offer assistance to responsible authorities to deter offences
• Signage on premises should set out legal duties
• Voluntary restriction of high strength alcohol – operating schedules may be used to limit high ABV beers and ciders
• Staff training – in addition to personal licence holders training, staff must be
adequately trained for duties
• Challenge 25 would be the norm, particularly in the off licence trade
• Signage – proxy sale – deterrence
5. FINANCIAL & OTHER IMPLICATIONS:
5.1 The licensing Act 2003 provides for fees to be payable to the licensing authority in respect of the discharge of their functions. The fee levels are set centrally at a level to allow licensing authorities to fully recover the costs of administration, inspection and enforcement of the regime.
Finance Officer Consulted Michael Bentley Date: 03/08/22
5.2 The licensing authority must act to promote the four licensing objectives which are:
· The prevention of crime and disorder
· Public safety
· The prevention of public nuisance
· The protection of children from harm
The licensing authority must have regard to its statement of licensing policy and the guidance issued by the Secretary of State in carrying out its functions.
Lawyer Consulted: Rebecca Sidell Date: 04/08/22
5.3 Diversity is valued and strong, safe communities are vital to future prosperity. Licensing policy aims to protect children from harm including sale and supply of alcohol to children.
5.4 Licensing policy aims to prevent public nuisance and develop culture of live music, dancing and theatre.
1. Appendix A – Part M of the Application
2. Appendix B – Plan of Premises
3. Appendix C – Representation
4. Appendix D – Map of area
5. Appendix E – Agreed conditions from Police
Documents in Members’ Rooms
Brighton & Hove City Council, Licensing Act 2003: Statement of Licensing Policy 2021.
Home Office, Revised Guidance issued under section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003, April 2018.
Public Health Framework for Assessing Alcohol Licensing – January 2022.
Brighton & Hove City Council, Licensing Act 2003: Statement of Licensing Policy 2021.