This guidance aims to help councils understand the full breadth of issues that should be considered when setting local licence fees in order to meet legal obligations and provide the necessary reassurances to local businesses.
Licensing is an integral part of councils’ broader regulatory services. Regulatory services are increasingly recognised as being at the heart of councils’ approaches to economic growth, and it is believed that over 50 per cent of a business’ contact with a council takes place through regulatory services. Officers working in licensing, environmental health and trading standards have regular interactions with businesses and can therefore have an important role in helping them become established and grow, at the same time as ensuring they adhere to important safeguards.
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