Agenda item

Determination of Licence Fees for the Financial Year 2021/22

Report of the Chief Licensing Officer.



The Chief Licencing Officer submitted a report on the determination of licence fees for the financial year 2021/22.




Steve Lonnia (Chief Licensing Officer) reported that, due to the adverse financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, he was recommending that there would be no increase or change in the licence fees at this time.




Further to questions raised by Members of the Committee, the Chief Licencing Officer reported that when the fees were set, every effort was made to try and ensure that recovery of monies was as close as possible to the total expected income.  For most of the licensing functions, the Licensing Service had a good idea in terms of how many applications would be received, therefore how much income would be generated.  He added that any deficit or surplus was generally very low, and would either be absorbed by the Licensing Service or carried over to the next financial year, respectively.  Mr Lonnia stated that due to the proposed course of action, there was no financial information contained in the report now submitted.  The Licensing Service’s accounts were published on the Council website, with past copies of the accounts being available, on request, from Corporate Finance.




RESOLVED: That the Committee:-




(a)      notes the contents of the report now submitted, together with the comments now made and the responses to the questions raised; and




(b)      agrees that no increase or change in licence fees is required at this time in the light of the adverse financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic; and




(c)      requests the Chief Licensing Officer to submit a report to a meeting of the Committee in September 2021, containing proposals regarding an increase or change in the licensing fees at that time.


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