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Guidance to help local authority environmental health departments understand their role under the new Licensing Act...
Guidance to help local authority environmental health departments understand their role under the new Licensing Act 2003 has been issued by the Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

The purpose of this guidance is to summarise the role of environmental health practitioners in the promotion of the licensing objectives and suggest some methods which environmental health departments may wish to consider utilising so as to address powers under the Act.

As a responsible authority, environmental health practitioners will have the opportunity to review premises licence and club premises certificate applications and make representations if needed. The guidance provides details about the legislative requirements and provides a list of potential risk factors as well as some suggested 'control methods'.

Derek Allen, executive director of LACORS said: 'This guidance will help environmental health officers understand their potential role under the Licensing Act 2003. As one of the 'responsible authorities' outlined under the Act, local authority environmental health departments will have a key part to play in ensuring the its effective implementation'.

Ian Foulkes, director of policy of CIEH said: 'Environmental health staff have a crucial role in ensuring that the benefits of the new licensing regime are realized, whilst ensuring that the potential for adverse public safety and nuisance issues to arise are minimized. This joint guidance will help to ensure that the environmental health contribution to the new regime is a positive one.'


The four licensing objectives outlined under the Licensing Act 2003 are:

- The prevention of crime and disorder

- Public safety

- The prevention of public nuisance

- The protection of children from harm

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