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Proposed revision to our Statement of Licensing Policy – deliveries and shops

Find about proposed changes to our Statement of Licensing Policy and how you can have your say

Published: 14 June 2021

Last updated: 14 June 2021

The Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy (SLP) under the Licensing Act 2003 sets out the authority’s approach to licensing premises that sell or supply alcohol, provide regulated entertainment or sell late night refreshment. The current SLP was operative from 7 January 2021. The SLP is valid for up to a maximum period of 5 year from when it became operative. The Council is required to keep the SLP under constant review and make revisions to it when it is necessary. 

The SLP aims to support licensed premises, while promoting the licensing objectives. During the COVID-19 pandemic, and especially as restrictions ease, there has been an increase in the number of premises in Westminster offering delivery services. In addition to the increase in ancillary deliveries from existing premises, there has been a growing number of applications for delivery centres where food and drink is delivered by either their own delivery personnel or via a third party delivery service. 

In order to support licensed businesses within Westminster to grow and diversify in a safe, responsible and positive way, the Licensing Authority is proposing to revise its SLP to introduce policies for these activities.

New policies for deliveries and shops

The Licensing Authority proposes to introduce three new policies, these are:

  • Ancillary Delivery of Alcohol and/or Late-Night Refreshment Policy (DEL1)
  • Shops Policy (SHP1)
  • Delivery Centre Policy (DC1)

Policy DEL1 will apply to venues that operate a business, such as restaurant, fast food premises and bar that want to offer a delivery service to customers in their homes or at their place of work. This delivery service will be in addition or ancillary to their main operation. There will be a general approach to grant these applications subject to other policies within the SLP.

Policy SHP1 will replace the existing Off sales of alcohol policy (OS1). The policy will apply to any premises whose primary function is the sale of goods or the offer of services. The policy is more comprehensive than OS1 as it covers all licensable activities that these premises may carry out. There will be a general approach to grant these applications subject to other policies within the SLP.

Policy DC1 will apply to venues where the primary function is the sale of alcohol and food via a delivery service. Applications will generally be granted if they are not in a predominantly residential area and they meet the other policies within the SLP.

Other changes

The introduction of these policies will require a number of other minor amendments across the SLP, including:

  • amendments to the Core Hours Policy (HRS1) to reflect the new premises uses
  • the Off Sales of Alcohol Policy will be deleted
  • amend other premises uses policies to refer to ancillary delivery

Let us know what you think

View the full detailed proposed revisions of the SLP:
 

View our current Statement of Licensing Policy

Consultation on the revised SLP will run from Monday 14 June to Sunday 25 July 2021.   

Consultation responses can be made by completing our online form.

Respond to the consultation

 

Consultation submissions can also be made using the form below.  Once completed the form can be sent to the Licensing Policy Team at [email protected].

If you have any questions relating to this consultation then please do get in touch with a member of the team by emailing [email protected]