Alcohol, late night food and regulated entertainment

The Licensing Act 2003 received Royal Assent on 10 July 2003 and came into effect on 24 November 2005.

The new regime introduces the following changes to licensing laws in England and Wales:

  • flexible opening hours, with the potential for up to 24 hour opening, seven days a week, subject to consideration of the impact on local residents;

  • a single licence for a premises or a club that provides 'licensable activities'. This includes: the retail sale of alcohol; the supply of alcohol by or on behalf of a club to a member or guest; the provision of regulated entertainment (including live music, theatre, cinema and indoor sport); and the provision of late night refreshment (between 11pm and 5am);

  • the issuing / granting of licences for all licensable activities is the responsibility of local councils.

The Act has four principal 'licensing objectives':

  • prevention of crime and disorder;

  • prevention of public nuisance;

  • promotion to public safety;

  • protection of children from harm.

Woking Borough Council's Licensing Policy has been written based on these objectives and forms the basis for considering licence applications.

A public register detailing all licenses issued by Woking Borough Council is readily available to the public and may be viewed Monday to Friday during normal office hours at the Civic Offices (9am to 4:45pm excluding public holidays). There is no charge for accessing the public register, however, there is a charge for the provision of certified copies of an entry on the register.