Licensing policy

The Licensing Act 2003, The Gambling Act 2005 and The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 require us to publish a licensing policy. In addition, we have adopted special licensing policies under the Licensing Act 2003 for the Shepherds Bush and Fulham Broadway areas. These are viewable in the main licensing policy document

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 2017 to 2022. This policy (known as its statement of licensing policy) came in to effect on 3 July 2017.

LBHF statement of licensing policy 2017 to 2022 (pdf)

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.  Accordingly, an amended version of the policy was published in January 2010, and again in 2013, 2016 and 2018. 

In accordance with section 349 of the Gambling Act 2005, Hammersmith & Fulham Council carried out its 3 year review of its Statement of Gambling Policy.

This Statement of Gambling Policy was published on the 7 December 2018 and came into effect on the 4 January 2019. It is available here Statement of Gambling Policy 2019 - 2022 (pdf)

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 Regulatory Services Enforcement Policy (pdf 385KB)