Late night levy

Southampton Late Night Levy will end on 31 March 2021

Southampton City Council introduced the late night levy as detailed below in 2015. After consultation the matter was brought back before the council on 18 November 2020 when members unanimously voted to end the levy. The levy will therefore cease as of 1 April 2021. This is the earliest date it can be stopped. Despite the restriction placed on the hospitality trade through 2020, the late night levy still has to be charged by the authority. If, as a result of coronavirus restrictions, paying the levy is difficult, contact the licensing team to discuss. Any monies collected from the levy will be put to one side ready to support services in the night time economy once restrictions are lifted.

What is the late night levy?

A late night levy is an annual charge paid by licensed premises selling alcohol between 00:01 and 06:00 hours, as a contribution towards the cost of late-night policing, anti-social behaviour and street cleansing. The power to introduce a Late Night Levy is contained in part two of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011. As a matter of law, the levy is a tax, not an additional licence fee. The introduction of a late night levy is at the discretion of all licensing authorities.

The amounts of the levy, fixed by law, payable annually, are set out below:

Band Rateable Value Annual Levy Amount
A No rateable value to £4,300 £299.00
B Greater than £4,300 to £33,000 £768.00
C Greater than £33,000 to £87,000 £1,259.00
D Greater than £87,000 to £125,000 £1,365.00
D2 Greater than £87,000 to £125,000
(Premises which are used exclusively or primarily for the supply of alcohol for consumption on the premises)
E Greater than £125,000 £1,493.00
E3 Greater than £125,000
(Premises which are used exclusively or primarily for the supply of alcohol for consumption on the premises)

Premises in the course of construction are deemed to be in band C..


The council has decided that seven categories of premises should be exempt:

  • Premises providing overnight accommodation
  • Theatres
  • Cinemas
  • Bingo halls
  • Registered community amateur sports clubs
  • Certain community premises 
  • New Year’s Day

The Government has set specific criteria for exemptions.


The council has decided not to allow any reductions, however the Service Director - Legal and Governance has been given powers to allow a reduction for a business-led best practice scheme that meets his approval.

What happens to the money raised?

The council will deduct its administrative expenses in connection with the levy. The council will retain 30% of the remainder and spend it to address crime and disorder, public safety, public nuisance and street cleansing in connection with the supply of alcohol between 00:01 and 06:00.

The remainder of the income from the levy is given to the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner, who has promised to devote all of the income generated to improving the safety of people using the city’s night time economy.

The monies raised in 2018/19 Levy year were distributed as follows:

  • Taxi Marshalls: £15,000
  • Street Pastors: £25,000
  • Community safety: 5,144
  • Street cleansing: £25,000
  • CCTV: £25,000

Required notices

Document Type Size
Public notice of net amountspdf97.3 KB
Estimate of deductions 2019/20pdf187.6 KB
Notice of Payments 2015/16pdf79.6 KB
Estimate of costs 2016/17pdf28.0 KB
Estimate of costs 2017/18pdf76.6 KB
Notice of Payments 2016/17pdf84.4 KB
Estimate of deductions 2018/19pdf250.6 KB
Public Notice net amount 2017/18pdf79.7 KB


The Consultation Process

Between April and July we consulted on the proposal to introduce the levy. On 11 September 2014, the Licensing Committee considered a report on the consultation and full Council considered the report on 17 September 2014.