What we do

We issue licences for the sale of alcohol, places of entertainment, takeaway restaurants, Hackney Carriage (taxis) and Private Hire, pet shops, animal boarding, riding establishments and zoos. We also issue permits for lotteries, street collections and house to house collections.

We aim to issue licences within 28 days unless public consultation or sub-committee consideration is necessary.

We investigate complaints about premises licensed by the Council – we will investigate or make contact with the complainant within 5 working days. Issues which pose an imminent threat to health and safety will be investigated as soon as possible and within 1 working day.

Types of Licence

Information on all of our licences, including details of how to apply, fees and application forms.

Public Health Registers

Find all of our Public Health Registers, including our online Licensing and Gambling Registers.

The Licensing Act 2003

The Licensing Act 2003 covers all aspect of alcohol, regulated entertainment and late night refreshment licences.

We have produced our own Licensing Policy which explains how we, as the Licensing Authority for the area, carry out our licensing function.

The Gambling Act

Find out about the legislation which came into effect from 2007.

Our Gambling Act Statement of Principles sets out our policies on gambling.

Licensing Performance

Find out how many applications we have processed and how many live licences we currently have.

Enforcement Policy 

Wealden’s Licensing Team is bound by this enforcement policy to ensure a consistent and fair approach.