Principal Licensing Officer

Lancaster, Lancashire
£26,822 – £31,601 per annum, (Grade 5, SCP 30 - 36)* (
22 Sep 2017
13 Oct 2017
Job role
Contract Type
Full time

The current salary grade for this post is: £26,822 – £31,601 per annum, (Grade 5, SCP 30 - 36)* (the successful applicant will become our Licensing Manager progressing to salary £31,601 - £36,379 (Grade 6 SCP 36-41 upon satisfactory completion of probationary period and demonstrating achievement of the enhanced competencies associated with the Licensing Manager post,

*Note the Council is currently reviewing its pay and grading structure and the salary may be subject to change.

We are looking for an exceptional, forward thinking and enthusiastic local authority licensing professional to join our successful and dynamic Licensing Team.

You will be operating in an area which has a fantastic historic city, coastal town and rural area of outstanding beauty, working within a highly motivated, cutting edge Public Protection service group.

This post is responsible for leading the Council’s licensing function and staff, shaping and developing our Licensing administration, providing high levels support to the Council’s licensing committees, and supporting wider Public Protection objectives.

We are passionate to explore and develop new, innovative ways to achieve the outcomes our communities need. This includes working supportively with licensees to ensure not only consumer confidence and safety, but also a positive business environment.

For this we need the right person matching our ambition. If you are an experienced Local Authority Licensing Officer with an exceptional track record, and looking for career progression then this is your opportunity to step up to a management role.

We are seeking a Licensing Manager and realise that having a rigid selection criteria can prevent experienced and ambitious licensing officers from applying.

If you lack senior Licensing management experience, but have sound Local Authority licensing knowledge and the desire to progress then we want to hear from you. In return for your drive and determination, we will provide training and mentoring to develop your management credentials.

The Principal Officer position will be a transitional position, developing into our Licensing Manager within 12 months of appointment when the post holder successfully meets the enhanced competency requirements associated with the higher grade post.

Knowledge and experience of Local Authority Licensing functions and in particular to the Licensing Act 2003, Gambling Act 2005, Hackney Carriages, and Private Hire Licenses is essential.

In addition to career-enhancing challenges we can offer you an excellent quality of life in North Lancashire with easy access to recreational pursuits in areas including the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales.

This post is based at Lancaster Town Hall and the hours of work are 37 hours per week, working Monday to Friday.

For an informal discussion contact Steve Sylvester (Commercial Protection Manager) on 01524 582717.


Closing date: Friday 13th October 2017.

Interview date: to be confirmed

The Council currently operates a Flexible Working Hours Scheme.

For an application form and further details please see our vacancies page or e-mail

Alternatively please call in to the reception area at Lancaster / Morecambe Town Hall or telephone 01524 582176 (24 hour answering service).