Licensing Act 2003 and Gambling Act 2005: Statements of Policy

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About this consultation

As the Licensing Authority under the Licensing Act 2003 and Gambling Act 2005, Rotherham Council is responsible for:

  • Licensing the sale and supply of alcohol
  • Licensing regulated entertainment such as live and recorded music, performances of theatre, dance, cinema and indoor sports
  • Licensing the sale of hot food and drink between 11 pm and 5 am.
  • Preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder or being used to support crime (the prevention of crime and disorder objective).
  • Ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way (the fairness and openness objective).
  • Protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling

As part of this responsibility, the Council has an obligation to set policy and conditions in respect of the licensing and regulation of licensed premises and gambling establishments, but can also take account of the local picture when setting expected standards.

Licensed premises are at the centre of Rotherham's night time economy and it is recognised that this is changing and in many ways developing in new areas outside of the town centre.

The licensed entertainment and hospitality industry plays an important social and community role, whilst contributing to the local economy and employment. However, it is also recognised that there are links to crime, health, social harms and anti-social behaviour. The management of these licensable activities can influence those wider issues that arise through the sale and supply of alcohol or the provision of late night refreshments.

The Council is keen to fully understand the impact the licensed entertainment and hospitality industry has on local communities through sales of alcohol, regulated entertainment and sales of hot food and drink, and licensed gambling establishments. The Council is equally interested both in terms of the positive impact and negative impacts on local amenity, economy, health, social harm and crime.

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