Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Council has confirmed a licensing consultation has been extended due to Covid-19.
The consultation is still ongoing, and will now close four weeks after the official end of lockdown date is announced. Drop- in events for landlords that were due to take place before the lockdown are also due to be re-scheduled.
The council is proposing to introduce an additional licensing scheme in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, and also a selective licensing scheme in some parts of Bournemouth and Poole.
More details about the proposals can be read online here.
A number of other councils that were running licensing consultations before the lockdown was announced by the UK government have also extended consultation periods.
This includes in County Durham, where a licensing consultation was initially due to close on 27th April, but will now close on 24th May.
In Greenwich, the council were running a live consultation on plans to extend a licensing scheme in London borough, however this has now been postponed for the time being due to Covid-19.
Government publishes guidance for local authorities on licensing schemes
In April, the government published guidance for councils on the implementation of licensing schemes during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The guidance states that “Where local authorities are in the process of introducing non-mandatory licensing schemes, but these are not yet in force, they should consider pausing these at an appropriate point, in line with the advice on proactive and reactive work.”