Licensing - Licensing Act 2003

The Licensing Act 2003 establishes a single integrated scheme for the licensing of premises used for the supply of alcohol, regulated entertainment or the provision of late night refreshment. This system of licensing incorporates public entertainment, theatres, cinemas and the sale of alcohol. A licence is also needed for places where hot food or hot drink is supplied to the public between 11pm and 5am.

The purpose of the licensing system is the promotion of four licensing objectives, which are:

  1. The prevention of crime and disorder
  2. Public safety
  3. The prevention of public nuisance
  4. The protection of children from harm


There is one licence for the premises and another ‘personal’ licence for individuals who sell or supply alcohol or who authorise the sale or supply of alcohol. Harlow Council will be responsible for the issue of these licences.

If you would like to discuss the effect of licensing legislation on your business, or the community in which you live, please contact the Licensing Team.