Licensing Policy consultation launched

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Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WHBC) is consulting on updates to its Licensing Policy for 2025 to 2030. The consultation will run from 11 March to midnight on 9 June 2024.

The Licensing Policy sets out WHBC’s policies when carrying out its functions and responsibilities as a licensing authority.  Some of the changes that are being consulted on include clarifications on:

  • the circumstances when a closure notice may be served and when an application can be made to court to close the premises
  • that Home Office Immigration Enforcement is not a responsible authority in relation to Club Premises Certificates and
  • that there is no right of appeal if a late Temporary Event Notices (TENs) receives an objection from the police or Environmental Health.

There are also proposed changes such as:

  • an increase in the limits for TENS
  • new applications should be submitted to vary substantially the premises to which a licence relates.

Councillor James Broach, Executive Member for Governance said: “We are very lucky in Welwyn Hatfield to have a vibrant entertainment and cultural environment.  The Licensing Policy helps ensure the safety and sustainability of that environment.  We are required by law to undertake this important consultation every five years and I would encourage residents and local businesses to have their say by responding to the consultation.” 

To view the updated Licensing Policy 2025 to 2030 and see the full details of all changes, please read the updated Policy on the WHBC website, where you will also find the consultation document.

Hard copies are available on request by email or by contacting the licensing team on 01707 357925.

Responses must be made by midnight on 9 June 2024

Responses can be made either by post to


Council Offices

The Campus

Welwyn Garden City



Or by email to:

Following the consultation and subject to the committee approval process, it is expected that the new Policy will be in force from 20 January 2025 to 20 January 2030. 

Published: 8th March 2024