Our licensing policy

South Kesteven District Council is responsible for the licensing of all licensable activities under the Licensing Act 2003.

This policy is intended to provide clarity to applicants, interested parties and responsible authorities on how this licensing authority will determine applications.

pdf icon Statement of Licensing Policy 2016 [526kb]

We have a duty under the Licensing Act 2003 to carry out its functions with a view to promoting the four licensing objectives.

These are:

  • the prevention of crime and disorder
  • public safety
  • the prevention of public nuisance
  • the protection of children from harm

This document sets out the policies and principles that we will apply to all places selling or providing:

  • alcohol
  • regulated entertainment
  • late night refreshment


  • pubs and night-clubs
  • off-licences
  • restaurants serving alcohol
  • restaurants and takeaways open between 11.00pm and 5.00am
  • hotels
  • guest houses
  • private members clubs and social clubs
  • theatre and amateur dramatic groups
  • cinema operators
  • organisers of temporary events
  • community events
  • retail sale of alcohol
  • supply of alcohol by or on behalf of a club, or to the order of a member of a club
  • provision of regulated entertainment
  • a performance of a play
  • an exhibition of a film
  • an indoor sporting event
  • boxing or wrestling entertainment
  • a performance of live music
  • any playing of recorded music
  • a performance of dance
  • provision of facilities for making music
  • provision of facilities for dancing
  • other similar entertainment
  • provision of late night refreshment