We administer a wide range of licenses to individuals and businesses, from trading and sale of alcohol to owning exotic pets.
Alcohol, regulated entertainment and late night refreshment
Premises such as pubs, bars, clubs, restaurants, takeaways and off-licences have to apply to the Council for a licence.
A personal licence is granted to individuals and allows them to sell alcohol to the public.
A premises licence allows premises to be used for one or more licensable activities.
Club premises certificate
A club premises certificate will be granted to premises occupied by and used habitually for the purposes of a recognised club.
Temporary event notices
Temporary event notices allow licensable activities to take place during a period of no more than 168 hours, where there are no more than 499 people present.
Statement of licensing policy
The Council's statement of licensing policy 2016-2021 came into effect on 7 January 2016. It's reviewed at least once every five years, in accordance with statutory requirements. The policy outlines our decision making principles for applications under the Licensing Act 2003.
- statement of licensing policy (alcohol, regulated entertainment and late night refreshment) [pdf, 920.31Kb]
Hard copies of the policy, application forms and consent forms are available on request.
Special policy areas
Applications received under the Licensing Act 2003.
Late night levy
We introduced the late night levy on 1 November.
The levy allows us to raise revenue by charging everyone who's authorised to sell alcohol between midnight and 6am. If you hold a premises licenses or club premises certificates and you're authorised to sell alcohol between 1 minute past midnight and 6am on one or more days in a year, you'll be required to pay an additional annual fee. The levy applies to all of Hackney.
You will need a highways licence for scaffolding, hoarding, building materials, containers or temporary cross-overs.
Massage and special treatment (MST) licence
- MST premises licence (new, review, transfer, variation) and exempt premises
- MST practitioner and exempt practitioner licence
Apply for a skip licence.
Change of details for a licensee of an existing licence
Our licensing policies
- statement of licensing policy (alcohol, entertainment and late night refreshment) [pdf, 920.31Kb]
- statement of gambling policy
- sex establishment licensing policy
Licensing public register
The licensing public register holds details of current liquor licences and skip licences issued by the Council. It also holds details of licence applications currently being processed.