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The Operating Schedule is probably the most important element of the licensing application. If no objections are received, the licence will be granted subject only to any mandatory conditions and additional conditions drawn from the Operating Schedule submitted by the applicant.
The Operating Schedule should describe the business and include information enabling the responsible authorities to assess whether adequate measures have been taken to adequately address all four licensing objectives.
An Operating Schedule should include a statement of the following matters:
- The relevant licensable activities
- The time during which it is proposed that the relevant licensable activities are to take place
- Any other times during which it is proposed that the premises are to be open to the public
- Where the applicant wishes the licences to have the effect for a limited period, that period to be stated
- Where the relevant licensable activities include the supply of alcohol, details and the consent of the person to be named as the designated Premises Supervisor
- Where the relevant licensable activities include the supply of alcohol, whether the supplies are proposed to be for consumption on or off the premises, or both, and the steps which the applicant proposes to take in order to promote the four licensing objectives:
- The prevention of crime and disorder
- Public safety
- The protection of children from harm
- The prevention of public nuisance
The schedule should show how the applicant intends to make sure that the premises will be 'good neighbours' with residents and local business.
Some examples are given below (this list is not exhaustive); applicants should take advice from the responsible authorities particularly the police (crime and disorder, public nuisance) and our Environmental Protection Team (noise nuisance) before making their application.
- Use of SIA-registered door supervisors in late night premises
- Steps taken to prevent noise and/or vibration 'breakout' from the premises, including music, voices and noise from ventilation and air conditioning plant
- Steps taken to prevent disturbances by customers arriving or leaving the premises
- Arrangements made or proposed for parking by customers, together with the effect of parking on local residents
- Steps taken to ensure that staff leave the premises quietly
We will also take into account the potential impacts of the licensable activity on the levels of recorded crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour in the area, and the impact of the licence on the surrounding area, both individually and cumulatively, with existing licences.
Prospective applicants would need to consider all possible future trading requirements in terms of opening times and so on, and include them in their operating schedule.
A useful approach would be to consider past trading requirements such as bar extensions etc, and incorporate these in the Operating Schedule.