The Licensing Act 2003 requires Warrington Borough Council as the Licensing Authority to determine and publish its Statement of Licensing Policy at least every five years, to keep it under review and make such revisions to it, as it considers appropriate.

The policy has several aims. It sets out how the Council approaches its licensing responsibilities and aims to promote the four licensing objectives under the Licensing Act 2003, which are:

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

This policy will apply when the Licensing Authority is making decisions about applications for:

  • the retail sale of alcohol
  • the wholesale of alcohol to members of the public
  • the supply of alcohol to members of registered clubs
  • the provision of regulated entertainment
  • the provision of hot food or hot drink between 11pm and 5am

The current Statement of Licensing Policy has been in place with the Council since December 2019. The Licensing Committee gave approval to consult on a revised draft policy on the 16th of January, 2024.

The policy is relevant to prospective and current licensed operators, responsible authorities under the Licensing Act, agencies and other persons affected by proposed applications.

The assessment will relate to all premises licence and club certificate applications.

Draft revised statement of licensing policy

We've highlighted our old policy in red and our new policy in blue to help you explore the changes.


Have your say

Complete our survey online

Or use the QR code below to go directly to the survey 

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You can request a hard copy by calling 01925 984728 or e-mailing

Alternatively paper copies are available at the address shown below and can be viewed between the hours of 10.00am and 4.00pm Monday to Friday.

Town Hall
East Annexe
Sankey Street

The Authority is interested in any views or comments that you may have in relation to the Policy and has produced a questionnaire for completion. Consultation responses must be received by 30th April, 2024. Please note that the questionnaire can be completed online using the following link Statement of Licensing Policy 2024-2029 : Statement of Licensing Policy 2024-2029 (

You are not obliged to complete any question that you do not want to. Therefore, just complete those questions you are happy to answer.

The responses of individuals will be confidential and the consultation process complies with the Data Protection Act 2018. Your details will only be used for this purpose.

Comments can also be sent in writing to Warrington Borough Council, Licensing, Statement of Licensing Policy, Town Hall, East Annexe, Sankey Street, Warrington WA1 1UH or by email to Licensing at

5 February 2024