Green light for late night levy in Tower Hamlets

Posted in Licensing | September 27, 2017 | by Dadds LLP Solicitors

Green light for late night levy in Tower Hamlets

A late night levy has been given the go ahead in Tower Hamlets, London, in 2018, which will see businesses selling food and alcohol after midnight paying a charge.

The levy was agreed at a Full Council meeting held on 20 September and the council says it will help pay for the costs of managing and improving the local night time economy.

The levy will be charged at between £5.75 and £85.38 per week, depending on the size and rateable value of the premises.

The levy will apply to all businesses which sell alcohol between midnight and 6am, including bars, pubs, restaurants, night clubs and off licences. Hotels, theatres, cinemas and community premises will be exempt from the charge.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said:

"The Borough has a vibrant Night Time Economy which we want to support. The Late Night Levy is a way to ensure a financial contribution from businesses that sell alcohol between midnight and 6am is ring fenced for this purpose.

"This will ensure as a council we can then tackle anti-social behaviour through the work of our anti-social behaviour officers and police to reduce alcohol-related crime. We are keen to hear from businesses and residents about our proposals."

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