Licensing act policy

The Licensing Act 2003 requires the Council to have a formal statement of licensing policy, which should be taken into account when making and determining applications.

The Licensing Act 2003 came into force in part on the "first appointed day", 7 February 2005, when the council started processing both premises and personal licence applications under the new system. The legislation came into full force on 24 November 2005 and radically changes to previous systems for licensing sales of alcohol and the provision of regulated entertainment and late night refreshment.

The Council's Statement of Licensing Policy, originally published with effect from 7 January 2005, explains how the Licensing Authority will exercise its licensing functions under the new Act. It was last revised with a consultation between 12 June 2023 and 4 September 2023. The current Statement of Licensing Policy is available to download via the link below. This policy will cover the period from 7 January 2024 to 7 January 2029.

Contacting the Licensing Team
Please note that these functions are administered by Southampton City Council's licensing team on behalf of Eastleigh Borough Council. 

Telephone: 023 8083 3002 (option 4, then option 1) 

Licensing Team 
Southampton and Eastleigh Licensing Partnership 
Civic Centre 
SO14 7LY

Opening hours:
Members of the Licensing Team are normally available on weekdays at the Civic Centre, Southampton, from 9am to 12pm and from 2pm to 4pm to assist personal callers.