Licensing policy

Policy documents explaining our approach to a range of licensing principles and processes.

The Licensing Act 2003, The Gambling Act 2005 and The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 require us to publish a licensing policy.

Statement of licensing policy (Licensing Act 2003)

Hammersmith & Fulham Council give notice that pursuant to section 5 of the Licensing Act 2003, the council has determined its licensing policy for 2022 to 2027. This policy (known as its statement of licensing policy) was adopted on 13 July 2022 came in to effect on 25 July 2022.

Statement of licensing policy 2022 to 2027 (pdf 783KB)

Secretary of State guidance

The Secretary of State has produced guidance under section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003. The Licensing Authority when considering any application will have regard to this guidance.

Amended guidance under section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003

Statement of gambling policy (Gambling Act 2005)

The Gambling Act 2005 became effective in 2007 and H&F published its Statement of Gambling Policy in January of that year. Under the act, licensing authorities are required to review, amend and consult on their Statement of Gambling Policy at the end of every three year period.

The statement of gambling policy has now been reviewed in accordance with section 349 of the Gambling Act 2005 and the statement of gambling policy 2022 to 2025 was adopted at the Full Council meeting on 19 January 2022.

View the public notice of our intent to publish our statement of principles under the Gambling Act 2005.

This revised gambling statement of principles under the Gambling Act 2005, (our policy statement) sets out our policy for dealing with applications and regulating gambling premises within the borough.

Statement of gambling policy 2022 to 2025 (pdf 525KB)

Sex establishment policy (Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982)

Hammersmith & Fulham Council have published a policy on the regulation of sex establishments. This policy also encompasses sexual entertainment venues, further to the council adopting and amendment to Schedule 3 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 which reclassified these venues.

The current policy was published by the council in 2011.

Sex establishment policy 2011 (pdf 127KB)

Enforcement policy

The licensing team is part of the environmental health service group and is responsible for carrying out duties for various different licensing functions, including enforcement. When carrying out enforcement duties within the borough licensing officers must have due regard to the Regulators’ Compliance Code, which places a number of obligations on local authorities.

These include taking a consistent approach to enforcement and being proportionate in response to any licensing breaches. To achieve this we have adopted an enforcement policy which sets out our approach to enforcement.

Environmental health and public protection enforcement policy (pdf 378KB)

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