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Agenda Item No 7

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Licensing Committee: 5th March 2013

 

Report of the Director of Development Services

Public Protection - Proposed Fees and Charges

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To recommend an increase in fees and charges in respect of those functions managed by Public Protection which come within the scope of the Licensing Committee.

Recommendation

It is recommended that Members approve the schedule of fees and charges attached at Appendix A to this report with an effective date of 1st April 2013.

Reason for the Recommendation

To ensure fees are increased in line with inflation, statutory requirements and reflect more accurately the actual cost of providing certain services.

Background

2.             The Council delivers a number of chargeable services through the Directorate of Development Services.  This report sets out proposals for increases to fees and charges for the financial year 2013/14.  The proposals are set out at Appendix A to this Report.

3.             The fees and charges for Public Protection were last increased at the Licensing Committee Hearing of 10th March 2009.

4.             Members are asked to note the decreases in the fee to Licence a Wedding and Civil Partnership Venue.

5.             Amendments to the Registrar General’s Guidance for the approval of premises as venues for civil marriages and civil partnerships, no longer requires that an advertisement in relation to an application be placed in a local newspaper.

6.             The Guidance still requires that the application be advertised, this will now be placed on the Vale of Glamorgan Council Website. Therefore the application has been reduced to reflect the cost of an advertisement in a local newspaper.

Relevant Issues and Options

7.             It is proposed to increase fees and charges in line with the Consumer Price Index which is currently 2.7% to reflect more accurately the costs of delivering services.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

8.             The charges proposed reflect increases in the costs of delivering services and the requirement to obtain additional income to assist in delivering a balanced budget.

9.             Resources directed to the administration and determination of those Licenses listed at Appendix A Licences may be recovered through Licensing Fees and Charges.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

10.        Under relevant legislation the Council is allowed to charge for certain services it provides.  Where actual fees and charges are specified in legislation this is specified in Appendix A.

Crime and Disorder Implications

11.        There are no crime and disorder implications as a direct result of this report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

12.        It is hoped that the charges proposed will not preclude any sectors of the residential or business community from accessing the services provided.

Corporate/Service Objectives

13.        Fees are generally set on a cost recovery basis and income generated directly supports service provision.

Policy Framework and Budget

14.        This is a non-executive matter for decision by Licensing Committee.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

15.        There is no requirement to consult on these proposals.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

16.        Housing and Public Protection

Background Papers

None

Contact Officer

Amanda Ewington, Licensing Team Leader 01446 709782

Officers Consulted

Richard Price, Lawyer, Legal Services 01446 709409

Responsible Officer

Rob Thomas, Director of Development Services.

 

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