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Licensing Act 2003

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Under the Licensing Act 2003, Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Authority comment on licensing applications, under the licensing objective of Public Safety.

In order to establish if the occupier is meeting the Public Safety licensing objective, specifically relating to fire safety, your premises may be audited by our Fire Safety Department prior to notifying the Licensing Authority of our decision.

This is used as part of the licensing process to determine whether a building is suitable to hold a premises licence.

Anyone applying for a premises licence should include with their application a plan of the premises. The plan of the premises should be drawn in the standard scale 1:100 and detail the following:

  • The dimensions of the building boundary and any external walls and openings.

  • The access and exit points from the premises including escape routes.

  • Those areas used for each licensable activity.

  • Fixed structures including furniture and fittings, which may affect access to escape routes.

  • Location and type of fire safety measures and firefighting equipment. The location of any raised stage, floor areas, steps, stairs, elevators or lifts.


Further information on the Licensing Act (2003):-

For more information on making a licensing application within Tyne & Wear, please follow the link below to the relevant Licensing Authority: -

Related Links

For information on the different types of alcohol licences available follow the link to Gov.UK 

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