Consultation: revised licensing policy

Start date

Monday 14 May 2018

Closing date

Friday 3 August 2018


We are consulting a revision to our alcohol and entertainment licensing policy.

Purpose and detail

Wycombe District Council is the licensing authority the Wycombe district. We are responsible for the licensing of licensable activities under the Licensing Act 2003:       

  • sale by retail of alcohol
  • supply of alcohol by or on behalf of a club to, or to the order of, a member of the club
  • provision of regulated entertainment
  • provision of late night refreshment

In January 2005, following an extensive consultation process, we published our Statement of Licensing Policy in relation to alcohol and entertainment licensing as required by the Licensing Act 2003. The act requires us review the policy at least every five years. The last review was carried out in 2013. In reviewing the policy we must consult with specific statutory bodies and those that may be affected by it or otherwise have an interest in the policy statement.

We now invite comments on the revised statement:

Summary of changes

  1. Further to a change in legislation, the Designated Public Places Order previously referred to at paragraph 3.11 has now become a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), covering the same area of High Wycombe town centre.
  2. It is proposed that the White Cider Initiative referred to at paragraph 3.12 of the policy be amended to create an accreditation for responsible retailers who agree not to sell super strength alcohol products. This would include other forms of alcohol than white cider but would exclude craft speciality products.
  3. Further to a number of review applications being made on the basis of illicit alcohol or cigarettes being found on licensed premises, paragraph 3.13 has been added to clarify that review applications will be considered in these circumstances and that the sale of unlawful alcohol and cigarettes is a serious matter.
  4. As a result of compliance checks on the issue of child sexual exploitation carried out at hotels within the district, specific reference to licence holder's responsibilities in this respect has been added at paragraph 3.16.
  5. Provisions of the Immigration Act 2016 came into force in April 2017 which prohibit premises and personal licences being issued to anyone who does not have the right to live and work in the UK. The Home Secretary (Home Office Immigration) has also become a responsible authority who can comment on licence applications or request licence reviews. These matters are referred to in paragraphs 3.35 to 3.37 and 3.43 to 3.44.
  6. A new section dealing with expedited reviews has been added from paragraph 8.7 to 8.17 which explains the process for this type of review and how interim steps are treated during the hearing and appeal processes.
  7. The Scheme of Delegation at Appendix 1 (page 26) has been amended to include the classification of films which have not previously been classified by the British Board of Film Classification.

How to respond to the consultation

This consultation is now closed.

Privacy statement

We (Wycombe District Council) will collect and process some personal information as part of this consultation exercise. We need to collect and process the information so that we can perform a task carried out in the public interest and in the exercise of our official authority: that is, updating our licensing policy.

We will collect this information through a web form, email or paper. We will not share any of the information collected with any other person or organisation.

We ask for this information to understand local views on the proposal and inform our next steps on revising our licensing policy.

We ask for personal identifiable details (name, address and - optional - contact details) so that we can confirm that you have a local interest in the proposals. We ask for your personal views about the proposals.

Your information collected through the web form will be sent to our licensing team by email and will be retained on our corporate email system after the public consultation ends.

We will use the consultation results - aggregated (non-personal) information - in future reports and documents in relation to the revised licensing statement.

Your information will also be held within our web content management system (CMS) database for four weeks after the public consultation ends. The database is held in a secure UK based data centre leased by our CMS provider: Zengenti Ltd, Old Pump House, Cleedownton, Ludlow, SY8 3EG.

Please also refer to  our full data privacy statement.

Further information

Contact details

If you have any queries regarding the Licensing Act 2003 and specifically this policy please contact the Licensing Unit on 01494 421222 or

Expected outcome

Following the consultation exercise, the Licensing committee will consider a further report in October 2018. The report will include all comments made as part of this consultation exercise, along with any further amendments made as a result of the comments. If the committee approves the draft policy (subject to any further changes), full Council will consider the policy prior to any final approval.