CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council’s licensing officers are raising awareness of their work as part of this year’s National Licensing Week (June 17-21).
Councils across the UK are promoting the important role licensing has to play day to day – from supporting the licensed trade and organisers of temporary events to taxi drivers and charity fundraising collectors.
Despite its role in everyday life, licencing often goes unnoticed. The aim of this campaign is to change that perception.
Here in Carmarthenshire, a small team of officers deal with licensing enquiries, process applications, enforce the law and deal with complaints from members of the public regarding licensed premises or activities.
The council’s website also includes up to date information regarding regulating events, including draft templates for organisations to make the process easier.
The council, which issues Temporary Event Notices (TENs) within the county, wants to encourage those wishing to hold a public event or extend their existing hours over the summer period to submit their applications promptly.
Event organisers are advised to submit their TENs at the earliest opportunity.
Activities covered by the Temporary Event Notices are: sales by retail of alcohol for consumption either off or on the premises or both; the supply of alcohol by or on behalf of a club to, or to the order of a member of a club; the provision of regulated entertainment; and the provision of late night refreshments (between 11pm and 5am).
Cllr Philip Hughes, Executive Board Member for Public Protection, said: “Licensing plays a vital role in public protection. There are many ways licensing effects our lives day to day – you may enjoy a night out at a pub or event, or an evening at the bingo, then you may catch a taxi home, each of which is possible due to our licensing team’s hard work.
“National Licensing Week is an opportunity to celebrate the work that they do and raise awareness of the importance of our licensing team. They regulate activities or businesses, premises and event organisers to ensure they are safe for the public and comply with the law.”
He added: “Anyone holding public celebrations over the summer period needs to apply for the temporary events notices without delay to avoid disappointment. This has been made simpler thanks to our facility to do it online.”
The licensing team will be generating awareness through joint working with the police and others during the week. They will also be taking part in social media campaigns, which can be followed using the Twitter hashtag #NLW2019 on@CarmsCouncil.
Visit the Licensing and Permit section of our website and see what regulations and the licenses you may need to ensure you are acting within the law:http://www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/home/business/licensing-permits
Call the Licensing Section on 01267 234567 or e-mail:SCHLicensing@carmarthenshire.gov.uk