Late Night Levy

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.

Fees List

Formal Decision Notice

Make a late night levy payment

Pay online

Please enter your unique reference number beginning with '8' 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 

Are there any exemptions?

The government has set specific criteria for the exemptions.

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 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 please 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 applying for a minor variation under the Licensing Act 2003 which costs £89.

To avoid the levy, the variation must be granted before due date for the next payment.

Collections

The amount collected for each year can be found below:

• 1 November 2013 to 31 October 2014
• 1 November 2014 to 31 October 2015
• 1 November 2015 to 31 October 2016
• 1 November 2016 to 31 October 2017

Raising the bar - Newcastle's late-night venues best practice scheme

  • '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, successful venues will receive a 30% discount on their 'Late Night Levy' annual fee and an accreditation certifying the venue for their upkeep of public order, noise reduction, safety and public health.
  • Newcastle's 'Late Night Levy' is annual levy fee that licensed premises authorised to supply alcohol between midnight and 6am are required to pay, contributing to the council and police services provided during the night time economy.
  • Raising the Bar has proved to be a great success as many venues have demonstrated that they can 'raise the bar' and provide night time safety.
  • Safe Newcastle is the Community Safety Partnership for Newcastle upon Tyne and is a partnership working together to help make Newcastle a safe city to live and work.
  • Applications will be open again during September/October, if you're interested to apply for the scheme, you can contact Safe Newcastle by emailing latenightlevy@newcastle.gov.uk
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