Council seeks public input into licensing policy

In accordance with the Licensing Act 2003 and Home Office guidance, North Devon Council is calling upon residents, businesses, and stakeholders to actively participate in the policy review consultation. This consultation aims to gather valuable insights and perspectives to inform the creation of the policy, which will come into effect for five years starting from January 2024, replacing the current document.

The objective of the Licensing Act 2003 policy is to provide clear, transparent framework for making decisions about applications by individuals or businesses wishing to sell or supply alcohol, or provide certain types of regulated entertainment and late night refreshment.

By seeking feedback from the public, the council aims to gain valuable insights into the community’s concerns, suggestions, and expectations regarding licensing practices. This collaborative approach ensures that the revised policy aligns with the community’s needs and aspirations while maintaining high standards of public safety and well-being.

Licensing and Community Safety Committee Chair, Councillor Louisa York, says: We value the input of our residents, businesses, and stakeholders, and believe that their opinions should be at the forefront of the decision-making process. The Licensing Act 2003 Policy Review 2023 Consultation provides an opportunity for everyone to have their say and actively contribute to shaping the future licensing policies that will impact our community.”

The proposals and recommendations are available to read on the North Devon Council website. Anyone who wishes to make a comment can do so by:

  • completing the survey online via the councils website
  • submitting a written comment to: The Licensing Team, Lynton House, Commercial Road, Barnstaple, EX31 1DG
  • submitting a comment or emailing a completed survey to

Anyone would requires a hard copy of the consultation should contact North Devon Council Customer Services by email to or by telephone on 01271 327711.

The consultation will be open from Tuesday, 11 July, and run for six weeks, concluding on Monday, 22 August.

Once the consultation closes, licensing officers will review all the feedback and make any relevant adjustments to the draft policy.