Alcohol and Entertainment

Applications including annual fee payments can now be made online by  accessing our public register.

Under the Licensing Act 2003 permission is required where any licensable activities are taking place.

Licensable Activities are:

  • To sell alcohol by retail
  • If you are a qualifying club, to supply alcohol to a club member, or to sell alcohol to a guest of a club member
  • To provide regulated entertainment i.e. showing of plays, films, indoor sporting events, boxing or wrestling, live and recorded music and performance of dance
  • To sell late night refreshment, the supply of hot drinks or food between the hours of 11pm to 5am

These licensable activities may only be carried on under, and in accordance with, one of the following:

A Designated Premises Supervisor must hold a Personal Licence and is the person specified on the Premises Licence who is responsible for authorising the sale of alcohol. This person must be readily identifiable and will normally be given day-to-day responsibility for running the premises.

The Act itself sets out key licensing objectives that must be promoted by the Council, as the licensing authority, in carrying out its duties under the licensing system. The licensing objectives are:

  • The prevention of crime and disorder
  • Public Safety
  • The prevention of public nuisance
  • The protection of children from harm

Licence holders, Breckland Council and responsible authorities must all work together to promote theses objectives.

The council has prepared a Icon for pdf Licensing Policy [2.03MB] which must be reviewed every five years or sooner if necessary. The purpose of the policy is to set out the approach that the licensing authority intends to take when determining applications and carrying out its duties with regard to regulation and enforcement. The current Statement of Licensing Policy was approved by Full Council December 2015.

There is currently no cumulative impact policy in place in the Breckland Council area.

A register of all Breckland licensed premises can be found on Breckland's public register We also have   Icon for pdf guidance on how to use it. [345.37KB]

Information on applications for licensed premises that are open to representations can be found .

Check out our news section for up to date information on any legislation changes

If you require further information or are unsure if you need a licence please contact us by phone on 01362 656870 or by web form Web form (opens in a new window) 

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