What is the Late Night Levy?

It is a requirement that licensed premises authorised to supply alcohol between midnight and 6am will have to pay an annual levy of between £299 and £4,400, depending on their rateable value and whether the premises primarily or exclusively are used to sell alcohol for consumption on the premises.

View the formal notice about the decision (pdf, 22Kb)

The actual amounts are set out in the following table:

Band Rateable value Levy amount
A No rateable value to £4,300 £299
B Greater than £4,300 to £33,000 £768
C Greater than £33,000 to £87,000 £1,259
D Greater than £87,000 to £125,000 £1,365
D* Greater than £87,000 to £125,000 (*Premises which are used exclusively or primarily for the supply of alcohol for consumption on the premises)  £2,730
E Greater than £125,000 £1,493
E* Greater than £125,000 (*Premises which are used exclusively or primarily for the supply of alcohol for consumption on the premises)  £4,440
Premises that are in the course of construction will be in Band C

When does the Levy have to be paid?

For authorisations existing on 1 November 2013, it has to be paid with the Annual Fee on the anniversary date of the grant of the authorisation. This will usually be 24 November for authorisations that were converted from the old licensing system.

For new authorisations that are granted on or after 1 November 2013, the levy will have to be paid for the first time 14 days after the grant of the authorisation. In future years, it has to be paid with the Annual Fee.

Pay online

Please enter your unique reference number beginning with '80' displayed on your invoice. If you cannot find your reference or have any other questions please phone 0191 278 7878 and ask for Late Night Levy or email latenightlevy@newcastle.gov.uk.

Make a late night levy payment

Are there any exemptions?

The Council has decided that 8 categories of premises should be exempt:

  • Premises providing overnight accommodation
  • Theatres
  • Cinemas
  • Bingo Halls
  • Registered Community Amateur Sports Clubs
  • Certain Community Premises
  • Certain Country Village Pubs
  • New Year's Day

The Government has set the criteria for the exemptions which are quite specific. View the actual wording of the exemptions here (pdf, 72Kb).

Are there any reductions?

The Council has decided to grant a reduction for members of 'Raising the bar', a business-led best practice scheme. This has to comply with the provisions of regulations 5(1)(a), 5(4) and 2 of The Late Night Levy (Expenses, Exemptions and Reductions) Regulations 2012. 

'Raising the bar' is a best practice scheme which Newcastle City Council's Safe Newcastle unit have introduced in the summer of 2015 in hopes that it can encourage late night venues to go over their licensed conditioning requirements champion the safety policies and procedures they have in place in return for a 30% discount on their 'Late Night Levy' and an accreditation certifying the venue for their upkeep of public order, noise reduction, safety and public health. 

For more information on the scheme, click here or please phone 0191 278 7878 and ask for Late Night Levy. You can also email latenightlevy@newcastle.gov.uk

Can I vary my authorisation so that I do not have to pay the levy?

Yes. You may wish to vary your authorisation so that the hours during which you supply alcohol end at or before midnight, or vary your authorisation or conditions so that your authorisation falls within an exempt category. You can do this by minor variation which costs £89.00. For more information, click here

To avoid the levy, the variation must be granted before the start of the levy year on 1st November.

Do I have to pay the levy if I supply alcohol between midnight and 6 am only under the authority of a Temporary Events Notice?


What can the levy proceeds be used for?

We will deduct our administrative expenses in connection with the levy. Government regulations limit what we can deduct. View our estimate for the amount of deductions for the Levy year 2018-19 (pdf, 183kb)

Then we will split the net amount of levy between the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner and the Council. The Council must give at least 70% to the Police and Crime Commissioner but can give 100%. We have decided that it should be split 70:30 for this year.

Government regulations limit the purposes for which the Council can use its share. It has to be used to address crime and disorder, public safety, public nuisance and street cleansing in connection with the supply of alcohol between midnight and 6am.

We have agreed with the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner that the proceeds will be used in the city. We will work together, pool budgets and devise a joint scheme for the use of the proceeds. We will also establish a Late Night Levy Board to supervise the use of the proceeds and involve representatives of the licensing trade.

Previous consultation

Between 5 February 2013 and 30 April 2013, we consulted on the proposal to introduce a levy.

View the formal notice about the proposals (pdf, 19Kb)

You can also view a more detailed consultation document (pdf, 165Kb)

You can view the responses here (pdf, 66Kb) and view the individual representations here.


Collections for the first year of the late night levy were received between 1 November 2013 and 31 October 2014

The amount collected for each year can be found on the following links:

Page last updated: 
22 February 2019
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