Licensing policies and fees

The council has established licensing policies for some of the licensing regimes it is responsible for. Some of these policies have been produced as a statutory requirement of the relevant legislation governing that particular licensing regime.

The council has also established its own fees to cover processing and determination of applications as well as ensuring compliance with the relevant licensing regime.

If you have any questions regarding licensing policies or fees after reading the information on this page, please contact the Licensing Team.

1. Licensing policies

This section contains the council’s licensing polices.

From time to time, the council will review the policies below and in certain circumstances will consult the public and other stakeholders on any revisions.

To view any current public consultations relating to these policies please view the Licensing consultation page, where you can also find documents relating to consultations that are now closed.

The current policies are set out below:

Licensing policy – Licensing Act 2003

This policy sets out the licensing authority’s approach to licensing premises that sell alcohol, provide regulated entertainment or late night refreshment.

Statement of licensing principles – Gambling Act 2005

This statement of principles sets out the licensing authority’s 3-year approach to licensing gambling premises and authorising other gambling activities within Westminster.

Street trading licensing policy – City of Westminster Act 1999

This policy sets out the council’s approach to the regulation of street trading within Westminster.

Sex shop licensing policy – Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982

This policy sets out the council’s approach to the licensing of sex shops as sex establishments within Westminster.

Sex shops are premises which are licensed to sell sex articles, such as adult toys, restricted 18 pornographic films and pornographic literature.

Sexual entertainment venues licensing policy – Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982

This policy sets out the council’s approach to the licensing of premises which offer related entertainment, such as lap, table or pole dancing, striptease and live sex shows.

2. Licensing fees

This section contains the licensing fees.

Some fees are set by statute and those fees cannot be amended by the council, however the council is responsible for setting other fees to cover processing and determination of applications as well as ensuring compliance with the relevant licensing regime.

The council reviews the fees that it can set at regular intervals to ensure that the fee being charged recovers the cost of the application process and ensuring compliance.

The current fees are set out below:

Licensing fees: premises, establishments and personal licences, permits, registrations and notices
Street trading fees
Market pitch fees
Tables and chairs fees

Last updated: 27 April 2017
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