We are required to publish a document setting out our policy on how we will exercise our licensing functions in respect of alcohol, entertainment and late-night refreshment. This is known as our statement of licensing policy.
Our current policy came into force in January 2016, and will have effect until January 2021.
When considering applications for licences, we are under an obligation to grant applications which do not attract representations. In cases where representations are received, the application will be considered by our Licensing of Alcohol and Gambling Sub-Committee, who will be guided by the statement of licensing policy, and the national guidance given to us by the Government.
Any revisions to the statement, or new versions, must be subject to consultation with statutory bodies including the police and fire service, representatives of licence holders, and representatives of local residents and businesses. We will also publish details of any proposals on this page.
Statement of Licensing Policy 2016-2021 (PDF 1.5MB)
Special licensing policies
Designated public place orders (DPPOs)
Where we receive reports of anti-social behaviour or disorder being caused as a result of the consumption of alcohol in a public place, we may create a designated public place order to give extra powers to the police to control the problem, within an area defined in the order.
Dacorum currently has six designated public place orders in force, which cover the following areas:
Hemel Hempstead town centre, Old Town, and Gadebridge Park:
The legislation which allowed us to create DPPOs was replaced in 2014 by new provisions under the Anti Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act. Our existing DPPOs will now be treated as if they are Public Space Protection Orders (or PSPOs). They will continue to have effect until 20 October 2017, by which date they must either have been reviewed and renewed, or extinguished.
Dacorum has not adopted the Late Night Levy, Early Morning Alcohol Restriction Orders (EMAROs) or Cumulative Impact Areas.