Section 5 of the Act requires a licensing authority to prepare and publish a statement of its licensing policy every five years. Such a policy must be published before the authority carries out any of its other licensing functions under the Act. The policy must be kept under review and revised as appropriate.
The policy is a statement of how the licensing authority intends to exercise its licensing functions and must itself be prepared with a view to promoting the licensing objectives.
It may state the authority's general approach to making licensing decisions and the regulation of licensable activities. It will provide transparency for all those involved in the licensing regime, including local residents and applicants for licences, who will be able to refer to the statement when making representations or when preparing their applications.
It should also say how the authority's approach to licensing will be integrated with their planning, crime prevention, transport and cultural strategies and any action plan or strategy for the