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.
From time to time, the council will review the policies below and, in certain circumstances, 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 about consultations that are now closed.
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.
Cumulative Impact Assessment – Licensing Act 2003 (PDF, 11MB) - this assessment sets out the licensing authority’s evidence of cumulative impact within Westminster.
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.
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.
Some licensing fees are set by statute and those fees can't 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.
Licensing Fees - which includes premises, establishments and personal licences, permits, registrations and notices.