Home and Family

It’s day three of National Licensing Week and we are focussing on the profile of licensing in everyday lives of people.  Today is slightly different form all the other days during National Licensing Week.  All the other days during this week focusses on licensing in a professional context – practitioners, businesses and professionals.

Today’s focus - Home and Family - and is all about normal people going about their lives not realising how often they come in contact with licensing regulation.  Almost every activity in the leisure sector – and most of those that supports the sector – requires a licence or some other licensing authorisation.

The most obvious of these that most people would probably know about are licences required to sell alcohol, licences required to transport people in a taxi or private hire vehicle or licences required to gamble.

What people may not realise is the extent of their contact with licensing regulation in their everyday lives.

  • Taking part in a local raffle
  • Getting a tattoo or a body piercing
  • Buying a new pet or looking for someone to look after their pet when they are away on holiday
  • Visiting their local market or car boot sale
  • Giving money to a High Street charity collector
  • Sending their kids to school in a taxi

Most people will not think twice about their contact with licensing regulation everyday of their lives but it plays a vital role to protect people and animals - which is something most people do not recognise until things go wrong.

The list above can very easily be flipped on its head to demonstrate this.

  • Taking part in a local raffle that was not run fairly
  • Getting a serious infection from a tattoo or a body piercing because of poor hygiene practices
  • Buying a new pet from an unscrupulous dealer or finding that your pet was poorly treated by an unchecked pet sitter
  • Buying poor quality or illegal items from a local market or car boot sale
  • Giving money to a rouge charity on the High Street
  • Putting your children at risk by sending them to school in a unchecked taxi