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Licensing Policy consultation

This consultation has now closed.

This consultation is about the Council's Statement of Licensing Policy (relating to the Licensing Act 2003).

What happens next?

All submissions made will be considered by the Licensing Committee on 12 September 2023.

This will then be further considered by:

Subject to approval the revised policy will come into force in April 2024.


The Council is the licensing authority for the Cheshire West and Chester area. The Authority is responsible for licensing and regulating licensed premises and licensable activities.

This covers the sale of alcohol (supply of alcohol in members clubs), regulated entertainment (live and recorded music, films and dancing) and late-night refreshment (hot food/drink between 11pm and 5am).

A Statement of Licensing Policy sets out the policies the licensing authority will apply when making decisions on licensing applications and reviews. It also advises applicants of any local policies or requirements to consider when drafting an application.

The Statement of Licensing Policy must be reviewed every five years and the review includes a statutory consultation process. This policy also contains a cumulative impact policy for Chester city centre.

How to find out more and get involved:

To get involved, please take a look at the following documents:

Take part in the consultation

The consultation closes on the 20 August 2023.

Other ways to take part:

  • Email:
  • Telephone: 0300 123 7737, quoting ‘Licensing Policy consultation’
  • Write to the Licensing Team, Cheshire West and Chester Council,

The Portal, Wellington Road, Ellesmere Port, CH65 OBA

What will my views by used for?

Your feedback is important as it will be used to help us develop our Licensing Policy.


Council information is also available in audio, braille, large print or other formats. If you would like a copy in a different format, in another language or require a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter, please use one of the methods below.