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Draft Licensing Policy 2019-2024

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Strategic Director (External Services) introduced the draft Licensing Policy 2019-2024. Licensing authorities were required to prepare and publish a statement of their licensing policy every five years. The current Statement of Licensing Policy for Dartford was adopted on 7 January 2014 and was due to expire on 6 January 2019. The draft Licensing Policy was approved for consultation purposes by the Cabinet on 26 July 2018. Consultation had been carried out in accordance with national guidance. The draft policy was made available on the Council’s web site, at the Civic Centre and public libraries. It was also sent to all “responsible authorities” as defined by the Licensing Act 2003, as well as to numerous trade associations and persons representing licensing businesses in the area. A comprehensive review of the draft Licensing policy was also undertaken by the Licensing Committee at its meeting on 26 September 2018. Although the Licensing Committee did not make a formal response to the consultation it felt that the Licensing policy should be supported by an additional Code of Good Practice for Licensed Premises to reflect the aspirations and visions of the Council as the Licensing Authority. No other responses were received to the consultation.


The Cabinet had regard to the views of the Cabinet Advisory Panel.


The Cabinet discussed the scope of the Code of Good Practice and received assurance that it was complimentary to licensing legislation.





1.  That the Cabinet notes that no consultation responses were received to the draft Licensing Policy;


2.  That the draft Licensing Policy 2019-2024 at Appendix A to the report, be recommended to the General Assembly of the Council for adoption, at its meeting on 10 December 2018; and


3.  That the draft Code of Good Practice on Promoting the Four Licensing Objectives in Appendix B to the report be recommended to the General Assembly of the Council for endorsement.




Publication date: 07/01/2019

Date of decision: 06/12/2018

Decided at meeting: 06/12/2018 - Cabinet

Effective from: 07/12/2018

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