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 revised and renewed with effect from 21 February 2019 and is available to download via the link below. This policy will cover the period up to January 2024.

Consultation - Statement of Licensing Policy 2024 to 2029

Eastleigh Borough Council are currently consulting upon the Statement of Licensing Policy to cover the period from January 2024 to January 2029. The policy will run from Monday 12th June 2023 until 4th September 2023. A link to the proposed policy is below. Responses to the consultation must be made either by e-mail with the subject “Eastleigh Statement of Licensing Policy” to or in writing addressed to:

Statement of Licensing Policy 2024 to 2029 Consultation, Southampton and Eastleigh Licensing Partnership, Licensing Team, Civic Centre, Southampton. SO14 7LY.

Responses must be received no later than Monday 4th September 2023.

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.