Alcohol and Entertainment Licences

This section of the site contains information relating to licensing premises and persons who sell or supply alcohol, provide public entertainment including; plays, films, live & recorded music, performance of dance facilities for dancing, late night refreshments and indoor sporting events.

Licensing Act 2003 Policy 

The Licensing Act 2003 requires that Licensing Authorities prepare a Licensing Policy and that this policy is reviewed every 5 years. Due to major changes in legislation Torfaen's policy has been totally re-written. In order to reduce the amount of paper circulated, paper copies of the policy will only be sent out on request. The Licensing Act Policy is available to download.

Child Sexual Exploitation - Know the signs

To help keep children safe Heddlu Gwent Police are again urging members of the public to be vigilant about this kind of criminality, and to contact them by dialling 101 or 999 in an emergency with any information they may have. To help members of the public recognise the signs of exploitation and abuse Gwent Police have published a web page.

The Police would rather hear from concerned members of the public who report issues which turn out not to be Child sexual exploitation (CSE), than not be called at all.

Office Opening Hours

The opening hours for personal callers to the office at New Inn for the licensing team are Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 12:00 midday. Where this causes difficulties, in exceptional circumstances, an appointment can be made to visit outside of these hours. Please contact the office to arrange this. We are available on the telephone (01633 647284) between 9:00am and 4:30pm.

Electronic Cigarettes

We receive regular enquiries about the use of electronic cigarettes in relevant premises, and licensed vehicles. The advice/information we are currently offering is as follows:

  • Whilst they are not illegal it would be hard to prove that they are not a real cigarette if seen by an enforcement officer passing by
  • That it does not send the correct message to the customers and could lead to abuse of the legislation
  • JD Wetherspoons pubs have decided to implement an internal policy to prevent their use on their premises

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide information here when necessary.

Postal address for Police Licensing Officer

Please note that any correspondence that needs to be sent to the Police Licensing Officer should be sent to:

The Chief Officer of Police
Licensing Department
Caerphilly Road
Ystrad Mynach
CF82 7EP

The Licensing Act 2003 

The Licensing Act 2003 came into effect on 24 November 2005. In February 2005 the Licensing Authority began to administer the conversion of Justice's Licences to the new Personal and Premises licences. All premises involved in the sale of alcohol or the provision of late night refreshments and regulated entertainment were affected. 

If you have concerns about any of the applications for licences under the new act you may have the right to make representations or objections about applications. For information on how to do this please see the information leaflet under the general section. 

The Licensing Act places a legal obligation on the Licensing Authority to publish a Public Register of applications and licences granted, this can be viewed from the link in the general section. 

Current Licensing Act 2003 - Consultation Notices can be found here.

The Live Music Act 2012

The Live Music Act 2012 came into effect on the 1 October 2012.  A brief summary of the provisions of the Act has been provided for your information.

Guidance for "Community Events"

The Local Government Association has published a guide to Community Events. This document is intended for Councillors, but is relevant to all those who are involved in the organisation of such events. It covers such aspects such as street closures, licences, insurance and public liability. 

Please Note - Torfaen County Borough Council (The Council) is under a duty to protect the public funds which it administers and to this end may use the information you provide within Torfaen County Borough Council for the prevention and detection of fraud. The Council may also share this information with other bodies administering or in receipt of public funds solely for these purposes. For further information, visit the National Fraud Initiative area of the website. 

Last Modified: 05/12/2018
For more information contact:

Licensing Team

Tel: 01633 647286

Email: licensing@torfaen.gov.uk 

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