Licensing Policies

Our licensing policies sets out how we decide on applications and our licensing objectives

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Licensing Act 2003 

This Licensing Act 2003 requires us to prepare and publish a Statement of Licensing Policy and to review this every five years. The policy sets out how we handle and administer applications made under the Licensing Act 2003 and how we expect people applying for a licence to promote the licensing objectives of: 

  • the prevention of crime and disorder; 

  • the prevention of public nuisance; 

  • public safety 

  • the protection of children from harm. 

Statement of Licensing Policy

Gambling Act 2005 

This Policy tells you how we will deal with applications made under the Gambling Act 2005. The Gambling Act 2005 requires us to prepare and publish a Statement of Licensing Policy every three years. The policy sets out how we will handle and administer applications made under the Gambling Act 2005 having regard to the limitations placed upon us by the Act. Under the Act we must aim to permit the use of the premises if we are satisfied that the proposed operation is in accordance with any relevant codes of practice in accordance with the Licensing Policy issued by us and is reasonably consistent with the licensing objectives of: 

  • preventing gambling from being a source of crime and disorder, being associated with crime or disorder or being used to support crime 

  • ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way 

  • protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling

Gambling Policy Statement

Sex Establishment Policy 

Our Sexual Establishment Policy details our approach to the regulation of sex establishments and how we will process applications for sex establishment licences. 

Sex Establishment Policy

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy 

Our Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy sets out how the Licensing Authority will  determine applications and issue, review, revoke or suspend licences; vehicle standards and limits on vehicle numbers; and how drivers and operators are expected to operate to pursue and promote the licensing objectives of -  

  • protection of the public, safeguarding children and vulnerable persons; and the prevention of crime 

  • The safety and health of drivers 

  • The establishment of professional and respected hackney carriage and private hire trades 

  • Vehicle safety, comfort and access 

  • Encouraging environmental sustainability 

  • Promoting Colchester as a vibrant, prosperous, thriving and welcome place 

It also tells you how we will provide and maintain a professional and respected hackney carriage and private hire trade by continued liaison with trade representatives and monitoring of improvements in the standard of service provided. 

Our Taxi Policy is currently under review. The proposed new version will be consulted on and published in the near future. 

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy

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