Dear Birmingham City Council,

1. How many licenses does the council issue each year?
2. What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?
3. How many staff does the council have in the licensing department?
4. More specifically how many of the following do you employ;
a. Licensing support officers?
b. Licensing support supervisors?
c. Environmental health officers?
d. Environmental health supervisors?
e. Enforcement officers?
f. Other?
5. How many Animal licenses and permits do you issue each year?
a. How long does a license last for?
b. What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?
6. How many Food, drink and entertainment licenses do you issue each year?
a. How long does a license last for?
b. What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?
7. How many scrap metal dealer's Licenses do you issue each year?
a. How long does a license last for?
b. What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?
8. How many Health and beauty licenses do you issue each year?
a. How long does a license last for?
b. What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?
9. How many Transport (including Taxi licenses) and streets licenses do you issue each year?
a. How long does a license last for?
b. What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?
10. How many Business and trading licenses do you issue each year?
a. How long does a license last for?
b. What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?
11. How many House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) licenses do you issue each year?
a. How long does a license last for?
b. What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?
12. How many Selective licenses do you issue each year?
a. How long does a license last for?
b. What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Smith

REGFOI, Birmingham City Council

 

Dear Mr Smith

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request for Information

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REGFOI, Birmingham City Council

Dear Mr Smith

 

Further to the your Freedom of information request detailed below:

 

1.           How many licenses does the council issue each year?

2.           What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?

3.           How many staff does the council have in the licensing
department?

4.           More specifically how many of the following do you employ;

a.           Licensing support officers?

b.           Licensing support supervisors?

c.            Environmental health officers?

d.           Environmental health supervisors?

e.           Enforcement officers?

f.            Other?

5.           How many Animal licenses and permits do you issue each year?

a.           How long does a license last for?

b.           What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?

6.           How many Food, drink and entertainment licenses do you issue
each year?

a.           How long does a license last for?

b.           What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?

7.           How many scrap metal dealer's Licenses do you issue each
year?

a.           How long does a license last for?

b.           What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?

8.           How many Health and beauty licenses do you issue each year?

a.           How long does a license last for?

b.           What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?

9.           How many Transport (including Taxi licenses) and streets
licenses do you issue each year?

a.           How long does a license last for?

b.           What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?

10.         How many Business and trading licenses do you issue each year?

a.           How long does a license last for?

b.           What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?

11.         How many House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) licenses do you
issue each year?

a.           How long does a license last for?

b.           What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?

12.         How many Selective licenses do you issue each year?

a.           How long does a license last for?

b.           What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?

 

 

In order to help us to respond to your request, I would be grateful if you
could clarify the following points:

 

1.       You have asked for the number of Licensing Support Officers and
licensing support supervisors that we employ.  Can you please explain
clearly what roles these are as your terminology does not correspond to
our own job titles.

 

2.       Can you explain what you mean by a food and drink licence?  Is
this a licence for late night refreshment or a licence to enable a shop to
sell food and drink? 

 

3.       With reference to question 6 above, when you refer to drink do
you mean alcoholic drink and are you therefore referring to licenses
granted under the Licensing Act 2003?

 

4.       Can you please explain specifically what type of licence you are
referring to when you ask for the number of health and beauty licenses
that we issue each year?  What legislation are these licenses granted
under?

 

5.       Our Licensing service grants licenses to taxi and private hire
drivers and vehicles.  You have asked for the number of taxi licences that
we issue.  Does your question relate to Hackney Carriages and / or Private
Hire licenses and are you asking for the number of licences granted to
drivers or vehicles or both?  You have also asked for the number of
transport licences that we issue.  Apart from taxi and private hire
licences, are there any other licences in this category that you have
identified? 

 

6.       You have asked how long a licence lasts for.  Is this question
only relating to transport licences? 

 

7.       Can you please explain what a selective licence is?

 

 

If you can provide this information, it will assist us to respond to your
questions more accurately.   Your request will now be put on hold while we
await your clarification on these points.

 

Kind Regards

 

 

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Birmingham City Council

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Birmingham

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Dear REGFOI,

In answer to your queries;

In order to help us to respond to your request, I would be grateful if you
could clarify the following points:
1. You have asked for the number of Licensing Support Officers and
licensing support supervisors that we employ. Can you please explain
clearly what roles these are as your terminology does not correspond to
our own job titles.

Administrative staff to handle the license applications that the authority receives

2. Can you explain what you mean by a food and drink licence? Is
this a licence for late night refreshment or a licence to enable a shop to
sell food and drink?

Restaurants, public houses and cafes and a license to enable a shop to sell food

3. With reference to question 6 above, when you refer to drink do
you mean alcoholic drink and are you therefore referring to licenses
granted under the Licensing Act 2003?

Yes

4. Can you please explain specifically what type of licence you are
referring to when you ask for the number of health and beauty licenses
that we issue each year? What legislation are these licenses granted
under?

Typically under Miscellaneous but if you don't have this please ignore

5. Our Licensing service grants licenses to taxi and private hire
drivers and vehicles. You have asked for the number of taxi licences that
we issue. Does your question relate to Hackney Carriages and / or Private
Hire licenses and are you asking for the number of licences granted to
drivers or vehicles or both? You have also asked for the number of
transport licences that we issue. Apart from taxi and private hire
licences, are there any other licences in this category that you have
identified?

For this I have the following;
New hackney carriage and private hire drivers’ licence
New hackney carriage vehicle licence
New private hire vehicle licence
Renewal of hackney carriage and private hire drivers’ licence
Renewal of hackney carriage vehicle licence
Renewal of private hire vehicle licence

6. You have asked how long a licence lasts for. Is this question
only relating to transport licences?

Licenses seem to vary, hence the question. They often run for 1 year but some extended up to 5 years, I just wondered how long each of your licenses last for before needing renewal.

7. Can you please explain what a selective licence is?
A selective license isn't operated by all authorities, it is designed for the private rental sector house landlords.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Smith

REGFOI, Birmingham City Council

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Dear Mr Smith

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION –  FOI 17287

 

I am writing in respect of your recent enquiry, detailed below, for
information held by the Authority under the provisions of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

 

Please see our responses below.

 

1.               How many licenses does the council issue each year?

 

This information is published as part of the Annual Report to the
Licensing and Public Protection Committee.  The latest Report was
presented on 21 June 2017. A Copy of the report is attached for your
reference, but can be found at the following address:

[1]https://birmingham.cmis.uk.com/birmingham/

 

You will need to search for Regulatory Committees > Licensing and Public
Protection Committee and then select the appropriate date.

 

The attached table has been extracted from this report and contains much
of the information you require.

 

2          What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?

The total income for all licences administered by the Licensing Service
was £2,911,791.  This includes all annual fees, renewals, grants and other
activities (such as transfers or variations/copy licences etc.) and is
therefore not restricted to the number of licences issued as described in
question 1. 

 

3.         How many staff does the council have in the licensing
department?

Please see attached structure chart.

As there is no standard definition of the role of a ‘Licensing Officer’
there is a good deal of variance between the responsibilities of officers
across different Local Authority areas. The job titles you have provided
do not reflect those of our staff, nor is it possible for us to
extrapolate which of our job roles would fit within your definitions.  To
this end, we have included the structure chart in the hope it will meet
your requirements.

 

4.         More specifically how many of the following do you employ;

a. Licensing support officers?

            Please see answer to Q3

 

b. Licensing support supervisors?

            Please see answer to Q3

 

c Environmental health officers?

            Please see answer to Q3 in relation to the Licensing
Section. 

There are 34 Environmental Health Officers employed in the Environmental
Health Team, however these are not all full time positions.

 

d.Environmental health supervisors?

            Please see answer to Q3 in relation to the Licensing Section. 

There are 6 Environmental Health Managers employed in the Environmental
Health Team.

 

e.Enforcement officers?

            Please see answer to Q3 in relation to the Licensing Section. 

            There are 13 enforcement officers (not qualified Environmental
Health Officers) in the Environmental Health Team.

 

f. Other?

            Please see answer to Q3

            We have answered this in relation to the Licensing Section. 

 

5.         How many Animal licenses and permits do you issue each year?

We have answered this as the Animal Welfare Team (not part of the
Licensing Section)

This figure varies depending on the number of applications received each
year.  2016/17 94 licenses were issued.

 

a.    How long does a license last for?

            12 months (except for zoo licences, which run for 6 years. NB
– a Zoo licence has not been issued this year).

 

b.    What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?

This figures varies depending on the number of licenses issued each year. 
2016/17 £10825.

 

6.         How many Food, drink and entertainment licenses do you issue
each year?

We have answered this as the Licensing Section. 

There is no ‘Food, Drink and Entertainment Licence’.  The Licensing Act
2003 regulates the sale and supply of alcohol, regulated entertainment,
and Late Night Refreshment (being the sale of hot food or drink between
the hours of 2300 and 0500). It is not possible to break down those
licences issued into the separate authorisations, as one licence may
permit any permutation of the licensable activities.  If you are referring
to licences and authorisations issued under the Licensing Act 2003, these
are included in the attached table referred to in Q1. 

 

a.    How long does a license last for?

This varies according to the kind of Licence/Registration you are
referring to.

A Licence or Certificate issued under LA2003 is indefinite, although
subject to an annual fee.

 

b.    What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?

The total income for Entertainment and General Licences (LA03/GA05 and
other) in 2016/17 was £834,548.

 

7.         How many scrap metal dealer's Licenses do you issue each year?

See attached table.

 

      a. How long does a license last for?

3     Years.

 

b. What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?

Year 2016/17-  £11764.

 

8.         How many Health and beauty licenses do you issue each year?

See attached table. These are referred to as Massage and Special Treatment
(MST)Licences and Skin Piercing Registrations.

Tattooing, skin piercing, acupuncture, semi-permanent colouring, and
electrolysis are registrations and not licences.

 

How long does a license last for?

MST – 12 months

Registrations are indefinite and there is no requirement to advise the
local authority if they are no longer required.

 

a.    What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?

In the year 2016/17

MST - £25804

Others - £9720

 

9.         How many Transport (including Taxi licenses) and streets
licenses do you issue each year?

            Please see attached table.

 

a.         How long does a license last for?

Vehicles – 12 months

Drivers – 1, 2 or 3 years depending on what the drivers apply for

Operators, 1-5 years.

 

b.         What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?

In 2016/17 the income was £2,0772,43

 

10.       How many Business and trading licenses do you issue each year?

We currently issue 85 Street Trading Consents per year.

 

a.         How long does a license last for?

12 months

 

b.         What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?

£229,920.00

 

11.       How many House of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) licenses do you issue
each year?

This figures varies depending on the number of applications received each
year.  In 2016/17 260 were issued.

 

a.         How long does a license last for?

HMO licences are valid for up to five years, unless:

            the application follows an investigation made by the council -
1 year

            the application follows a request made by the council - 1 year

            where a property should have been licensed previously - 1 year

            there is evidence of previous poor management of an HMO - 1
year

 

b.         What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?

This figure varies according to the number of licenses issued each year.
 In 2016/17 £104,000.

 

12.       How many Selective licenses do you issue each year?

N/A

 

a.    How long does a license last for?

            N/A

 

b.         What is the total sterling value of these licenses per year?

            N/A

 

 

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