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Responsible for:

1. All non-executive functions of the Council with regard to:

·         Environmental health

·         Health and safety at work (other than the exercise of the functions of the Council in the capacity of employer)

·         Food hygiene and safety

·         Animal health and hygiene

2. The determination of applications for licences, approvals, consents, permission or registration or the direct regulation of any person or the enforcement of any such licence, approval, consent, permission or regulation with regard to the functions in relation to contaminated land, control of pollution, air quality and noise and statutory nuisance listed in Schedule 1 to the Local Authorities (Functions and Responsibilities) (England) Regulations 2000.

3. All non-executive functions of the Council with regard to licensing and registration of:

·         Caravan sites

·         Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Vehicles, drivers and operators

·         Entertainments

·         Betting, gaming and lotteries

·         Theatres and cinemas

·         Street trading and markets

·         All other licensing functions listed in Part B of Schedule 1 to the Regulations other than those relating to streets and highways.

4. Any function relating to contaminated land.

5. The discharge of any function relating to the control of pollution or the management of air quality.

6. The service of an abatement notice in respect of a statutory nuisance.

7. The passing of a resolution that Schedule 2 to the Noise and Statutory Nuisance Act 1993 should apply in the authority’s area.

8. The inspection of the authority’s area to detect any statutory nuisance.

9. The investigation of any complaint as to the existence of a statutory nuisance.

10. The functions of the Council relating to complaints regarding high hedges contained within Part 8 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003.



1. Power to issue licences authorising the use of land as a caravan site.

2. Power to license the use of movable dwellings and camping sites.

3. To exercise the powers of the Council relating to Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Licensing.

4. Power to grant permits in respect of premises with amusement machines.

5. Power to register societies wishing to promote lotteries.

6. To consider applications for hazardous substances consent.

7. Power to grant permits in respect of premises where amusements with prizes are provided.

8. Power to consider and determine applications for public entertainment licences.

9. Power to licence sex shops and sex cinemas.

10. Power to licence performances of hypnotism.

11. Power to licence premised for acupuncture, tattooing, ear piercing and electrolysis.

12. Power to licence markets and street trading.

13. Power to licence night cafes and take away food shops.

14. Power to licence dealers in game and the killing and seeking of game.

15. Power to register and licence premises for the preparation of food.

16. Power to licence scrap yards.

17. Power to licence premises for the breeding of dogs.

18. Power to licence pet shops and other establishments where animals are kept or bred for the purposes of carrying on a business.

19. Power to licence dangerous wild animals.

20. Power to licence knackers' yards.

21. Power to licence persons to collect for charitable and other causes.

22. Power to approve meat product premises and to approve premises for the production of minced meat or meat preparations.

23. Power to approve dairy establishments and egg product establishments.

24. Power to issue licences to retail butchers' shops carrying out commercial operations in relation to unwrapped raw meat and selling both raw meat and ready to eat foods.

25. To keep a register of food business premises.

26. Power to register food business premises.

27. Power to issue arena and theatre licences.

28. Power to licence zoos.

29. To consider and determine applications for public entertainment licences.

30. The functions of the Council under the following legislation:

i) House to House Collections Act 1939 as amended by the Local Government Act 1972;


ii) Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963 - 1971 as amended by the Gaming and Lotteries (Amendment) Act 1980.

ii) Gaming Act, 1968 as amended by the Lotteries and Amusement Act 1976.


31. Power to fix those fees and charges falling within the remit of the Committee.