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The Licensing Act 2003 aims to promote the four licensing objectives in Manchester: prevent crime and disorder, promote public safety, prevent public nuisance, and protect children from harm. It covers selling or supplying alcohol; providing regulated entertainment, such as performances of live and recorded music, plays, films, indoor sporting events, and boxing, wrestling or other combat sports; and the supply of hot food and drink late at night (post-11pm), known as late-night refreshment.

Our Licensing Policy is the key document setting out how we intend to promote the four licensing objectives in Manchester when we license these activities.

The policy aims to promote a diverse and inclusive licensed economy, and we intend to achieve this by promoting the development of a mix of venue styles and types, and varied operating hours, taking into account local aspirations and current challenges in the locality.

This review of the policy brings it up to date, and it addresses a number of new issues that have emerged since our last review, including:

  • Spiking
  • Vulnerability
  • Women’s safety
  • Martyn’s Law
  • Agent of Change
  • Water safety
  • Delivery services
  • Improving accessibility.

Please read the Draft Licensing Policy.

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