Policy paper

Licensing Act 2003: removing the vicinty test for interested parties

Proposal to enable local residents to be involved in licensing decisions by removing the vicinity test for interested parties.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


Removing the vicinty test for interested parties

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The Licensing Act 2003 allows local residents to raise concerns regarding new licence applications or existing licensed premises. Local residents are classed as interested parties under the Licensing Act 2003, and as such are able to make relevant representations to licensing authorities about the impact of licensed premises on the promotion of the licensing objectives in their area.

This is a proposal to remove the vicinty test for interested parties.

Published 25 March 2011