Statement of Licensing Policy

The Licensing Act 2003 has been the responsibility of Wirral Council since 24 November 2005.   

In January 2005 a Statement of Licensing Policy was produced which sets out the principles the council will generally apply to promote the licensing objectives when making decisions under the Act.  The policy has since been subject to three reviews and the most recent policy was published in December 2014.

On 5 January 2017 Merseyside Police requested the Licensing Authority consider adopting a Special Cumulative Impact Policy, for an area within Birkenhead. The request was made due to the level of crime and disorder, public nuisance, littering, street drinking, under-age drinking and anti-social behaviour believed to be resulting in part from the number of off-licence premises located in the area.

Following consultation, the Authority resolved to introduce a Special Cumulative Impact Policy limited to Charing Cross, Grange Road West, Grange Mount, Oxton Road and the boundary of the Town Centre with effect from 10 July 2017 to apply to Premises licensed for the sale by retail of alcohol for consumption off the premises only.

It is a requirement of the Licensing Act 2003 that the Licensing Policy be reviewed at least every five years and that the Cumulative Impact Policy be reviewed within three years of its adoption.

Views are now invited on the terms of that policy.

View the draft Statement of Licensing Policy 

The Council welcomes the views of any interested parties and you should feel free to draw the attention of this document to others who may be interested in responding to the consultation.

Full consultation on this document is being undertaken with:

  • the Chief Officer of Police
  • the Fire Authority
  • bodies representing local holders of premises licences
  • bodies representing local holders of club certificates
  • bodies representing local holders of personal licences
  • bodies representing businesses and residents
  • other interested parties

If you have any comments to make please send them to the Licensing Authority by email at or by post to the following address:

Licensing Authority
PO Box 290
Brighton Street
CH27 9FQ

You may find it useful to consult the Statutory Guidance issued under Section 182 of the Act when making comments to the Draft Statement of Licensing Policy. 

The Council wishes to thank you for taking the time to consider this document.  Your views are important to the Council in reaching a fair and proportionate Licensing Policy that discharges the Licensing Objectives.  Please ensure we receive your views no later than 13 September 2019.

If you have any further enquiries about the Licensing Policy please contact the Licensing Authority on 0151 691 8043.