Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council is consulting on updates to its Licensing Policy for 2025 to 2030.

The consultation is now open and will run until midnight on June 9, 2024.

The Licensing Policy sets out WHBC’s policies when carrying out its functions and responsibilities as a licensing authority. Some of the changes that are being consulted on include clarifications on:

  • the circumstances when a closure notice may be served and when an application can be made to court to close the premises
  • that Home Office Immigration Enforcement is not a responsible authority in relation to Club Premises Certificates and
  • that there is no right of appeal if a late Temporary Event Notices (TENs) receives an objection from the police or Environmental Health.

Proposed changes also include an increase in the limits for TENS.

Councillor James Broach, executive member for governance said: “We are very lucky in Welwyn Hatfield to have a vibrant entertainment and cultural environment.

"The Licensing Policy helps ensure the safety and sustainability of that environment. We are required by law to undertake this important consultation every five years and I would encourage residents and local businesses to have their say by responding to the consultation.”

The updated Licensing Policy 2025 to 2030 can be found on the WHBC website, where you will also find the consultation document. Hard copies are available on request by email licensing@welhat.gov.uk or by contacting the licensing team on 01707 357925.

Following the consultation and subject to the committee approval process, it is expected that the new Policy will be in force from January 20, 2025 to January 20, 2030.