Licensing updates

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We will use this page to publish any upcoming changes in legislation that is relevant to any of the licences we process which include pubs, clubs, taxi vehicles and drivers, gambling, scrap metal and animal welfare and any other news items that will be of interest to our clients.

Licensing News

Licensing News is a quarterly newsletter containing important information for premises selling alcohol in Ipswich. 

You can read and download the most recent edition here:

We hope you find the information useful but if you would like to ask any questions or give us some information, you can email or telephone 01473 433076.

Online Applications

You are now able to make online applications for many licences via our website

If you have an existing licence with Ipswich Borough Council or have had a licence with us you will need an activation key. Please email us and we will provide you with that key. 

You will still need to send any relevant documents to us at the moment as we are unable to accept them via this service.

Free publications for Premises Licence Holders

The British Beer and Pub Association have provided some free publications for Premises Licence Holders including Challenge 21 posters.

Drug Driving law

Please be aware that from 2nd March 2015 a new Drug Driving law came into place and includes some prescription drugs.

Make sure that you read the information and fully understand what drugs could affect you or you may lose your licence.

Animal Welfare - Microchipping of Dogs Regulations 2015

The Microchipping of Dogs Act came into effect in April 2016. It is now an offence not to have your dog micro-chipped unless it is registered as a working dog or younger than 8 weeks old.

This means that any dog breeder should have any puppies that they sell micro-chipped if they more than 8 weeks old.

Contact Details

Licensing and Enforcement,
Ipswich Borough Council,
3W Grafton House,
15-17 Russell Road,

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01473 432063