Evidence for an Alcohol Saturation Zone

The Licensing Act 2003 sets out 4 Licensing Objectives for licensing authorities, Nottingham City Council being the licensing authority for the city. The 4 objectives are the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, the prevention of public nuisance and the protection of children from harm. When an application for a licensable activity (most commonly for the sale of alcohol) is made, representations may be made in respect of the application. Representations can be outright objection, suggestions regarding changes to the proposed application, such as the licensable hours, or support for the application. Other licensable activities include the sale of hot food after 11.00 pm and entertainment such as films, recorded and live music.

In some areas the concentration of licensed premises causes problems and undermines, or potentially undermines, the Licensing Objectives. This is called "cumulative impact". In July 2005 the City Centre Saturation Zone came into being to deal with the cumulative impact in the city centre. What this meant is that should there be a representation against an application within the city centre area objecting to or wishing to restrict the terms of the application, the onus is on the applicant to show the licensing body why the application should be granted, rather than those objecting should show why it should be refused.  A Saturation Zone was later created to cover the Arboretum, Berridge and Radford and Park wards off-licences only.

The City Council's Anti-Social Behaviour team is looking at whether there is evidence for a Saturation Zone in our area. The evidence will need to show that anti-social behaviour is directly linked to the sale of alcohol in the area. The evidence can be in many forms but the experiences of residents will be a major factor. What has been requested is for residents to relate how alcohol fuelled anti-social behaviour has affected them. For example, if the occupants of a neighbouring property who are often noisy have told you that they get their alcohol from a particular store or area and it is clear that the alcohol is fuelling the problem. If you find alcohol related rubbish thrown over into your garden, and there is an indication where it was purchased from a pricing ticket, that also is of use.

If you have any queries regarding this, or have evidence please contact:

 Principal Enforcement Officer David Scothern who is based within Nottingham City Council's Anti-Social Behaviour Team by e mail at, or by ‘phoning 101 ext: 3110036. Also, David's mobile number is 07790-499-036.