What happened to this consultation?
The Act allows councils to collect fees to recover the total cost of its alcohol licensing functions.
In 2017/18 the fees recovered by the Council covered 68 percent of the licensing costs with the additional 32 percent being made up from rates. In 2019 the Council increased the fees to achieve approximately 71 percent cost recovery, and signalled it would increase the level of fees to 85 percent of the costs incurred in 2020.
This proposal was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown. The Council also worked to rebate fees as a result of hardship caused by the COVID-19 lockdown.