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", 7th February 2005, when the council started processing both premises and personal licence applications under the new system. The legislation came into full force on 24th 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 7th January 2005, explains how the Licensing Authority will exercise its licensing functions under the new Act. It was revised and renewed with effect from 8th January 2008 and is available to download via the link below.

Licensing Policy Consultation July 2018

A revised Statement of Licensing Policy to cover the period from January 2019 to 2024 is currently open to consultation until 17th September 2018. After this a report will be submitted to Full council on 13th December 2018 regards adoption of the policy. Responses to the consultation must be made in either writing addressed to:

Statement of Licensing Policy 2019 to 2024 Consultation, Southampton and Eastleigh Licensing Partnership, Southampton City Council, PO Box 1767, Southampton. SO18 9LA or e-mail with the subject “Statement of Licensing Policy” to

Agreed Licensing SLP for Consultation July 2018


Central to the Licensing Policy Statement is the promotion of the four key licensing objectives, as set out in section 4 to the Act, which are:

  • the prevention of crime and disorder

  • public safety

  • prevention of public nuisance, and

  • the protection of children from harm

In carrying out its licensing functions, the Council is obliged to have regard to these objectives, its statement of licensing policy and the guidance issued by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport under section 182 of the Act.

Duration and review
The Statement of Licensing Policy will remain in place for a three-year period, but may be reviewed and modified during this period. This period has now been extended to five years by the provisions of section 122 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011.

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) 
Fax: 023 8083 4061

Postal address:
Licensing Team 
Southampton and Eastleigh Licensing Partnership 
PO Box 1767 
SO18 9LA

Personal callers:
Licensing Team 
Southampton and Eastleigh Licensing Partnership 
Civic Centre 
SO14 7LY

Document Exchange: DX 115710 Southampton 17

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.