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Licensing policies

Licensing policies are documents describing aspects of licensing to this borough. The Council has to create and review these by law. Every premises related application will be considered under this policy.

Licensing Act 2003

The Licensing Act 2003 requires our Licensing Authority to review its statement of Licensing Policy at least every five years.

The current policy was adopted on 18 November 2015 and came into force on 6 January 2016.

Current Licensing Act

Licensing Policy 2021-2026 Consultation 

We are now seeking your views on the draft proposed Licensing Policy 2021-2026.

It is not proposed to alter the substantive Policy to any significant extent (but see separate consultation on the Cumulative Impact Assessment below). The proposed changes are:

  1.  the removal of sections that merely reiterate legislation, instead referring readers to the appropriate;
  2. adding a new glossary at the start of the Policy that explains the terminology contained in the policy;
  3. trying to make the policy clearer by making drafting changes;
  4. expanding the section profiling the borough and drawing up their operating schedules;
  5. referring the reader to our website to gain more information about our policies and strategies;
  6. expanding the matters that applicants are urged to consider when drawing up their operating schedule to reflect representations commonly received from the police/trading standards;
  7. adding a new Appendix confirming delegations of licensing decisions and functions;
  8. referring to the development of model conditions that will be published on our website;
  9. allowing applicants to show films that have not been classified by the British Board of Film Classification, but instead be classified by us in exceptional circumstances.

Proposed Licensing Policy

We would welcome your comments on the draft Policy by completing the online consultation

Consultation on the Cumulative Impact Assessment

Under new legislation, we must carry out a Cumulative Impact Assessment of our borough every three years to establish whether there are any are any areas with a significant numbers of licensed premises and whether there is evidence to show that this is having an adverse impact, particularly on crime and disorder and public nuisance. The assessment will form part of the finalised Licensing Policy.

The initial analysis indicates that consultation should revolve around the proposition that the two existing cumulative impact areas  Wimbledon Town Centre and Mitcham Town Centre (off sales only) should remain but that there is insufficient evidence to retain the Wimbledon Village cumulative impact area. No other areas of the borough have been identified as requiring a special policy on Cumulative Impact

Cumulative Impact Analysis

We would welcome you comments on the analysis by completing the survey.

The consultations on the proposed Licensing Policy and on the Cumulative Impact Assessment closes on 7 September 2020

Comments received will be reported back to the Licensing Committee and will be considered in detail as part of the Council's deliberations in approving the final Policy.

Gambling Act 2005

The Gambling Act requires the Council review its statement of Gambling Policy at least every three years.

The current policy was adopted on 21 November 2018 and came into force on 31 January 2019.

Current Gambling Policy

A paper copy of these policies is available upon application at our address below.

Contact us

London Borough of Merton
1st Floor Annexe
Merton Civic Centre
London Road

Telephone: 020 8545 3969