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Consultation on Statement of Licensing Policy and Cumulative Impact Policies

Our licensing policy explains how we meet our responsibilities as licensing authority for Middlesbrough, and promote the four licensing objectives under the Licensing Act 2003:

  • the prevention of crime and disorder
  • public safety
  • the prevention of public nuisance
  • the protection of children from harm

The policy applies to venues across the town, from pubs and nightclubs to supermarkets and off-licences, as well as events.

We use the licensing policy when we're making decisions about applications for:

  • the retail sale of alcohol
  • the supply of alcohol to members of registered clubs
  • the provision of regulated entertainment
  • the provision of hot food or hot drink between 11pm and 5am


Under the Licensing Act 2003, we must publish an updated licensing policy at least every 5 years. We must also review and update the current policy if needed.

As well as updating the licensing policy, we're also proposing to reintroduce two Cumulative Impact Areas, covering Middlesbrough town centre and several areas across the town. We've produced a Cumulative Impact Assessment to provide evidence to support their implementation, to ensure that the licensing objectives are not undermined. This gives us more control when we're determining licence applications in these areas.


Unfortunately these documents are not fully accessible. If you need the information in a different format, please email licensing@middlesbrough.gov.uk.

Have your say

The draft policy is relevant to potential and current licensed operators, responsible authorities under the Licensing Act, and those affected by proposed and existing licences.

You can have your say on the draft licensing policy and Cumulative Impact Assessment by taking part in our consultation. The easiest way to do this is online.

If you're struggling to use the online form, you can send your comments to licensing@middlesbrough.gov.uk.

The deadline for comments is 5pm on Monday 26 August 2024.