Licensing - Alcohol and Entertainment

Licensing Act 2003

Service Update - Office Closure

The Licensing department will be operating a remote service as of Monday 23 March 2020. 

Jubilee Stores will be closed to the public,  you will not be able to access reception.  Should you need to contact the Licensing team please email your query in the first instance to licensing@iow.gov.uk

An officer will respond to your query as soon as possible.  Please note that if we are experiencing a high level of enquiries then they will be answered in order of priority.

Please ensure that your email contains your full name, address, a telephone number and a brief description of your query in the heading.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused by our closure.

Food and Drink Business Closures

The Government has passed legislation to require businesses selling food and drink for consumption on the premises to cease and other businesses where the public socialise to close with immediate effect. For more information please click here (PDF, 136 KB, 2 pages).

For specific information on takeaways and deliveries off the business premises please click here (PDF, 80 KB, 2 pages).

The Licensing Act 2003 provides a single scheme for licensing premises, which are used for the supply of alcohol, to provide regulated entertainment or to provide late night refreshment. Authorisation to carry on some or all of these licensable activities is contained in a single Premises Licence, Club Premises Certificate or Temporary Event Notice.

The Act affects anyone concerned with: ·       

  • Premises where alcohol is sold.       
  • Businesses providing the provision of hot food between 11pm and 5am (including takeaways and mobile caterers).  
  • Premises that provide music and dancing.   
  • Theatres and cinemas.    
  • Indoor sporting events.     
  • Premises holding boxing or wrestling.

The Council is required to periodically publish a Statement of Licensing Policy. This details how the Council will generally deal with applications. The current policy can be viewed by clicking here (PDF, 1.03Mb, 22 pages).

New Mandatory Condition

As from 28 May 2014 the Government has introduced a new mandatory condition to be included in premises licences banning the sale of alcohol below the permitted price (the amount of duty plus VAT) which can be viewed on the Legislation.gov.uk website, please select the following link The Licensing Act 2003 (Mandatory Conditions) Order 2014 No.1252 .

Further to the above and on the 1 October 2014 the Licensing Act 2003 (Mandatory Licensing Conditions) (Amendment) Order came into force. This Order amends the previous Mandatory Conditions which came into effect in 2010. For details on these please click here (PDF, 56.18KB, 4 pages).

Further Information

A guidance booklet has been produced to assist applicants and to provide general advice on applying for Premises Licences, Personal Licences, Club Premises Certificates and Temporary Event Notices. The document can be viewed by clicking here (PDF, 5.65Mb, 22 pages).

Further information is available from the Home Office website by clicking here.

Public Register

The council maintains public registers for all licences which have been granted. A summary of the public register licences, consents, permits and registrations can be viewed by clicking here.

For further clarification contact the Licensing Department by using the 'Send a message to this service' found in the 'Contact' tab above.