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Licences issued by Lancaster City Council, our licensing policy, and information on alcohol and entertainment licensing, and taxi and private hire licences.

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Licensing Act 2003 - Review of Statement of Licensing Policy

The council is consulting on the review of its Statement of Licensing Policy and invites comments on the contents of a revised draft policy which can be viewed here:

Comments must be received by 30 September 2015.

Our licensing responsibilities

We issue a wide range of licences and permits in the district:

  • Alcohol and Entertainment
    The council is responsible for issuing and managing licences in respect of all premises that provide facilities for the supply of alcohol, the provision of regulated entertainment and the provision of late night refreshment.
  • Taxi and Private Hire
    The council is responsible for licensing all Hackney and Private Hire vehicles and drivers in the area.
  • Gambling
    The council is responsible for licensing premises for gambling, granting permits for gaming machines in clubs and institutes, regulating gaming machines in pubs and clubs and registering lotteries, among others.
  • Other Licences
    The council is responsible for numerous other licences and permits from charitable collections to animal welfare and from acupuncture to motor salvage. See Licences issued by Lancaster City Council for full details.

Help and advice

We hope that this website will answer most of your queries but if you want general advice you may contact us using the details at the bottom of this page, or:

By letter:

Legal and Human Resources
Lancaster City Council
Town Hall
Dalton Square

Please ensure that sufficient postage is paid – we do not pay excess postage charges and the letter will be returned to you by the Post Office (but there may be some delay)

In person (by appointment): Please note that whilst every effort will be made to see people who call at our office in Lancaster town hall between 10am and 12 noon and 2pm and 4pm, we strongly suggest that you make an appointment to see the appropriate officer before attending.





01524 582033

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