Licensing board

The licensing board determines all matters regulated by the Licensing Act 2003 and the Gambling Act 2005. It is also responsible for hackney carriage and private hire licensing, and other licensing matters including animals, entertainment and street trading (a full list is set out in Part 3, Section of the council’s constitution).

The board is made up of 11 elected councillors (members of the board), from the political parties represented on the council and from wards across the borough. Information on members of the board can be accessed on the licensing board membership page.

Council officers also attend the meeting. There are usually officers present from the licensing department, who are able to give professional advice to the members of the board. There will also be officers present to provide legal advice and take minutes of the meeting.

Meetings of the licensing board normally take place in the council chamber at the town hall, market place, Ripley, Derbyshire at 10am. See the diary of council meetings for more information. Public access is through the barrel vault (glass tunnel) entrance, off the market place. 

Licensing panels are sub-committees of 3 members of the licensing board, and are established to consider licence applications that have been refused by an officer, or that are not considered to be compliant with the council’s policies.  As a lot of the work deals with individual cases, some meetings may not be open to members of the public.

Need further help or information?

Contact the team directly on 01773 841631 or email