The Licensing Act 2003 requires Gosport Borough Council as the Licensing Authority to determine and publish its Statement of Licensing Policy at least every five years, to keep it under review and make such revisions to it, as it considers appropriate.
The policy has several aims. It sets out how the Council approaches its licensing responsibilities and aims to promote the four licensing objectives under the Licensing Act 2003 and will apply when making decisions about applications.
The Licensing Act 2003 ("The Act") provides for fees to be payable to the licensing authority in respect of the discharge of their functions. The fee levels are set centrally by the Home Office, at a level to allow licensing authorities full cost recovery for the administration, inspection and enforcement of the new regime.
Centrally set fees removes the previous inconsistencies in fee levels and creates a fair and level playing field across England and Wales. To view these fees on the Home Office website, click here.