Licensing applications to be posted online

LICENSING applications made to the City of Edinburgh Council are now published online to allow easier public access.

The decision made by the Council's Regulatory Committee means that anyone wishing to view applications and decisions will find the process more efficient that the current system.

Licences dealt with by the Regulatory Committee include HMO licences, public entertainment and street trading. It does not deal with alcohol and gambling licences.

Historically, licensing applications and decisions have been recorded in books, and members of the public wanting to read them have had to visit a Council office and look at them on site.

However, this process is becoming increasingly time consuming for interested parties as well as for staff.

Councillor Gavin Barrie, Convener of the Regulatory Committee, said: "The current system where members of the public have to come into Council offices to look at the applications is slow and cumbersome for both staff and members of the public.

"People are legally entitled to look at the applications and decisions taken so publishing this data online makes it easier and simpler to view. This is also in line with the Coalition's pledge to be open and transparent."

The Council has a statutory duty to act as a Licensing Authority. This responsibility includes maintaining a public register of all licence applications made to the Council, as well as a record of the decisions made in relation to them.

This entry was posted by Media Team on 26/11/2012

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