Bedford Borough Council

Licensing (Consultation)

Environmental Health & Trading Standards act as consultees to other service areas within the Borough Council.  As such we are asked to comment on various applications made members of the public and local businesses regarding the impact any proposals may have on existing residents and the environment as a whole.

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Premises Licences and Club Certificates

The Licensing Act 2003 came into force on the 24th November 2005 and established a single integrated scheme for licensing premises that are to be used for any of the following activities:

   a) Performance of a play;
   b) Exhibition of a film;
   c) Indoor sporting event;
   d) Boxing or wrestling entertainment;
   e) Performance of live music;
   f) Playing of recorded music;
   g) Performance of dance;
   h) Entertainment of a similar description to (e), (f), (g), above;
   i) Supply of alcohol
   j) Provision of Late night refreshment.

 

The Commercial Regulation team are consulted on all applications and have the opportunity to make comment on issues relating to:

  • Public Safety;
  • The prevention of Public Nuisance;
  • The Protection of Children from Harm

 

Public Safety

The team look at any issues that may affect the health, safety and welfare of customers.  The team can not duplicate or require a higher standard of safety than already required under existing Health and Safety legislation.

 

Public Nuisance

The team look at the potential for noise nuisance, light pollution, noxious smells and litter from the use of the premises.

 

Protection of Children from Harm

The team look at how children will be protected from exposure to adult entertainment, and how under age sales will be prevented.

 

More information relating to the Licensing Act 2003 can be found in the Licensing section http://www.bedford.gov.uk/business/licences_and_street_trading.aspx

 

Street Trading / Tables and chairs consent

Any person wishing to sell articles in the street, or place tables and chairs on the highway requires a licence from the Local Authority.  The Commercial Regulation team are consulted on all applications and have the opportunity to make comment or impose conditions on the grounds of health and safety and the potential for annoyance or nuisance from the trader.  More information about street trading consents and tables and chairs consents can be found by clicking on the link below.

 

Street Trading consent
http://www.bedford.gov.uk/business/licences_and_street_trading/street_trading.aspx

Tables and chairs consent
http://www.bedford.gov.uk/business/licences_and_street_trading/highways_tables__chairs.aspx

 

Sex Establishments

Any shop that sells sex toys, books or videos usually requires a licence from the Local Authority.  The Commercial Regulation team are consulted on all applications and have the opportunity to make comment or impose conditions on the grounds of health, safety and welfare, including sexual health matters.  More information about sex establishment licenses can be found by clicking on the link below.

Sex Establishment licence

 

Animals

Any establishment that boards, breeds, offers animals for sale or for any commercial gain requires a licence from the Local Authority.  Any individual that keeps ‘Dangerous Wild Animals’ also requires a licence form the Local Authority.  The Commercial Regulation team are consulted on all applications and carries out visits to all licensed establishments to check for issues that relate to the health, safety and welfare of both the animals, employees and visitors to the premises.  More information about animal licensing can be found by clicking on the links below.

 

Animal Boarding Establishments

 

Dog Breeding Establishments

 

Dangerous Wild Animals licence

Pet Shops

 

Riding Establishment licence

 

Zoo Establishment licence

 

Quick Links

Department for Culture Media and Sport http://www.dcms.gov.uk/
The Home Office http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/

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