We are delighted to be starting a new partnership with Liverpool City Council to review the impact of the Late Night Levy in Liverpool. This comes off the back of performing a similar review of the impact and perceptions of the Late Night Levy in London for the Greater London Authority and Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC)
At a Licensing Hearing in November 2021, Liverpool City Council Licensing Committee decided to go out to consolation on whether the Late Night Levy should continue to be in place or should various amendments be made to the levy. We have been appointed by Liverpool City Council to perform a review of the impact and perceptions of the Late Night Levy. This involves
- Preparation of the official consultation documents
- Performing detailed research and formal consultation in compliance with the legislative requirements.
- Consultation with the holders of premises licences and club premises certificates Liverpool.
- Consultation with Liverpool BID, local residents, Merseyside Police, responsible authorities, solicitors, ward councillors, local Members of Parliament and business representatives.
- Receiving and analysing the consultation responses.
- Preparation of a written report detailing our findings with a detailed analysis of the consultation responses received.
What is the Liverpool Late Night Levy
From 1 April 2017 those licensed premises which are authorised to supply alcohol during the “late night supply period” between Midnight – 6.00 am are required to pay a late-night levy to Liverpool City Council unless the premises falls within one of the categories of premises exempted by the City Council.
The levy does not apply to premises that only provide regulated entertainment or late-night refreshment, without the supply of alcohol, and also to any premises operating by virtue of a Temporary Event Notice.
When the Council introduced the Levy in 2017 it chose to exempt the following two categories of premises from the Levy:
- Premises only authorised to supply alcohol for consumption on the premises between Midnight and 6.00 am on New Year’s Day as defined in Regulation 4(i) of the Late Night Levy (Expenses, Exemptions and Reductions) Regulations 2012
- Premises in respect of which the ratepayer is liable for a Business Improvement District levy. (There is currently a BID in place for various areas covering the city centre )