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Draft Licensing Policy

Published on 11 September 2020

Draft Licensing Policy

Carlisle City Council is asking local residents and businesses their opinion on how licences should be managed. 

A consultation exercise involving other authorities such as the Police and existing licence holders is now underway. A copy of the City Council’s draft Statement of Licensing Policy is available on the Carlisle City Council website at  

The consultation period runs until Thursday 22 October 2020.

Due to Covid-19 and the capacity to conduct a full review and hold a worthwhile consultation, the City Council will consult on retaining the existing policy with amendments due to legislative changes which are identified in the report. 

Cllr Jo Ellis-Williams, Chair of the Licensing Committee, said:

“We take our responsibility as the licensing authority in Carlisle very seriously. It is extremely important we get the policy right for the businesses and residents in the area and work in partnership with the Police and Fire Service along with the other responsible authorities. We want people to give us their views and comments on the draft policy we have prepared as this is a policy which affects the whole community.”

Carlisle City Council fully implemented the Licensing Act 2003 in November 2005, which at the time introduced significant changes to the way that premises were licensed. Areas affected included the sale and supply of alcohol, the provision of regulated entertainment and late-night refreshment. As the new Act was implemented full responsibility for the licensing of premises was transferred from the Magistrates to the City Council. 

The council must review its Statement of Licensing Policy every five years and the new policy will be implemented by January 2021 in order to comply with the legislative timetable. 

Copies of the draft policy are available at or to receive a hard copy, please email [email protected] or send a request in writing to the licensing team at the Civic Centre. All changes to the policy made are highlighted.

Any responses regarding the draft Licensing Policy should be submitted in by completing the response form and emailing [email protected] or send a written response to: Licensing Manager, Carlisle City Council, Civic Centre, Rickergate, Carlisle, CA3 8QG.

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