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Licensing Officer - South Gloucestershire Council

Licensing Officer - South Gloucestershire Council

Salary: £30,095 - £32,798
Hours per week: 37
Vacancy type: Permanent
Location: Yate
Team: Safe and Strong Communities
Advertising end date: 28 Aug 2022

How you'll make a difference

As a Licensing Officer, you will be working within a busy and dynamic specialist licensing team responsible for the delivery of advisory and enforcement services in relation to a range of licensing legislation.

In the main Licensing Officers are responsible for activities within a defined case load, though this can vary according to circumstance and demand. 

Including disciplines/areas in:

  • Hackney Carriage and Private Hire drivers and operators
  • Alcohol, entertainment and late-night refreshment establishments
  • Hot food street traders
  • Betting shops and gambling entertainment centres
  • Scrap metal collectors and dealers

You will make a difference by taking the lead in the response to licensing applications, writing reports for Sub-Committee hearings, responding to complaints, proactive compliance and enforcement work where necessary. This may include investigating, preparing and taking cases to Court.

As well as educating existing authorisation holders and members of the public in relation to all aspects of licensing.

This role is challenging and there will be some physical aspects to the job, such as being part of multi-agency operations inspecting vehicles in outdoor locations, but we can assure you that this will be a rewarding role as a Council’s expert witness when required.

What will you be doing? 

  • You will inspect and place public notices required to be displayed by applicants and by the Licensing Authority, such as a notice of review of premises licence under the Licensing Act 2003.
  • It will be your responsibility to conduct planned and targeted inspections of high-risk licensed premises and/or activities for compliance with the law, this is to ensure public safety, protect the environment, protect children from harm and prevent public nuisance. This will include co-ordination and participation in multi-agency inspections.
  • You will provide accurate specialist advice to service users on interpreting agreed policies ensuring that effective partnership working relationships are established and maintained.
  • You will record and investigate complaints taking appropriate enforcement actions as necessary, ensuring all communication records, evidence, and information gathered are stored and handled in line with national legislation and legal guidelines.
  • It will be your responsibility to prepare and present reports on cases and/ or matters arising ensuring that they are completed within a procedural timescale. Subsequently you will attend licensing sub-committee hearings to present these reports and/or give evidence as part of any hearing.
  • You will attend Crown/Magistrates’ Court hearings to give evidence as a witness in connection with licensing prosecutions and appeals.
  • You will plan and organise projects and cases to achieve defined council policy outcomes in accordance with agreed standards and timescales.
  • You will keep informed of all appropriate best practice, legislation and central government policies and undertake internal and external training where necessary, keeping up to date with changes in legislation and to implement those which will affect the service.
  • As and when appropriate you will give some technical advice and guidance to service team members.

What we need from you

  • You will have a degree or equivalent qualification in licensing law, or equivalent relevant experience in applying regulatory services law and be working towards a relevant professional/ technical qualification.
  • You will have relevant practical experience of licensing and/or other regulatory services enforcement backed by evidence of appropriate specialist knowledge of licensing and other regulatory related issues.
  • You will demonstrate knowledge and problem-solving methodology of licensing legislation and powers particularly as they apply to local authorities, including their practical application.
  • You will be able to self-manage and determine your own priorities in dealing with competing workloads.
  • You will have excellent verbal and written communication skills to build relationships and engage successfully with community groups and partner organisations.

The post will be predominantly working at premises and locations in South Gloucestershire. Smarter working technology allows to also work at all council offices and from home.

Evening and weekend working is an integral part of the post to ensure compliance in the licensed trades, with regular work outside of the normal office hours.

Find out more about this vacancy here

Licensing Officer - Nottingham City Council

Licensing Officer - Nottingham City Council

Organisation: Nottingham City Council
Working Hours: Full Time, hours per week - 37
Salary: £22,571
NPPV Required: Yes
Appointment Type: Permanent
Location: Central Police Station, Byron House, Maid Marian Way, Nottingham, NG1 6HS
Reference: CO1895
Closing date: 26 August 2022 at midnight 


The starting salary is £22,571 (Level One) rising to £23,953 (Level Two) on the first year anniversary, subject to satisfactory completion of a probation period.
 

We’ve got an exciting opportunity available for talented individuals to join our workforce - perhaps this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for? Read on to find out more…
 
Nottingham City Council is known for inclusivity and innovation, and we are continually working around the clock to deliver services for Nottingham’s citizens, visitors and investors.
 
Our aspiration is to make Nottingham a Great City, but to do this we need to be a Great Council, provide Great Services and recruit and develop a Great Workforce.
 
We will value your contributions, promote flexible and modern ways of working, will double your monthly pension contributions, offer a very generous 25-32 days holiday package each year (exclusive of public bank holidays and dependent on length of service) and give you the option to purchase up to 28 days additional holiday tax-free!
 
Nottingham City Council is committed to recruiting a talented workforce that reflects the communities we serve. We are a fair and inclusive employer and welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and with different abilities. We recruit for diversity and value difference.
 
We particularly want to hear from you if you are from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic community, identify within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community (LGBT) and if you are Disabled - these groups of people are underrepresented in our workforce, and we’d like to reflect our local population more through our recruitment processes.
 
We have always been open to flexible working and the COVID-19 pandemic provided us with some new options to work in a completely different way. We welcome a conversation about flexible working at the point of interview.
 
Day to day activities include the processing of applications made under the Licensing Act 2003, Gambling Act 2005, Local Government (miscellaneous provisions) Act 1976 & 1982, Animal Welfare Act 2018, Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 and where required to do so, arrange hearings, produce legal hearing notices and reports.
 
ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • A working awareness, knowledge and understanding of Local Authority Licensing legislation, its application and processes
  • Able to use legislation to support enforcement 
  • To have dealt with customers in a regulatory environment to promote legal requirements and good practice 
  • Able to plan and manage own workload to meet legislative and corporate deadlines 
  • An ability to use information technology as applied in the workplace 

 
For more information, please view the Job Description and Person Specification which are attached further down on this page.

For informal enquiries please contact Melanie Bird Tel: 07903 702608 Email: melanie.bird@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

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Enforcement Officer - Leeds City Council

Enforcement Officer - Leeds City Council

Directorate: Communities and Environments
Service Area: Taxi & Private Hire Licensing

Job Title: Enforcement Officer
Grade: SO1
Responsible To: Principal Enforcement Officer, Operations Manager
Responsible For: None
Conditions of Service: NJC Conditions apply

Job Purpose: the taxi & private hire licensing section

The Taxi & Private Hire Licensing Section is responsible for the licensing, inspection and supervision of taxis and private hire drivers and their vehicles. This includes processing applications for operators and drivers, testing drivers and vehicles, and enforcing compliance on the street.  In addition, the Section also has responsibilities for monitoring and checking Council fleet vehicles and contractor vehicles to ensure that they are operating within the Council's fleet management policy in respect of the Social Services and Education ‘Permit’ schemes.

The key objectives of the section are:

  • To ensure that the taxi and private hire trade in Leeds is operated in a safe and professional manner, and that the correct standards of safety, comfort and appearance are satisfied by all vehicles, drivers and operators
  • To ensure that all vehicles permitted by the Taxi & Private Hire Section are operated in accordance with the Council's conditions and policy

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • The main purpose of the post is to carry out Inspections and investigations on the street, at 225 York Road, and at Operators premises to ensure that the Key Objectives referred to above are met.
  • Pass Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks        
  • To Abide by the Taxi & Private Hire Licensing Section Code of Practice for the operation of CCTV Mobile unit and other digital recording devices including the recording and retention of data
  • Carrying out on street inspection of vehicles, drivers, ranks and operator premises to ensure compliance with legal requirements and licence conditions
  • Checking licensed vehicles for comfort, general safety and appearance
  • Issuing notices of licence suspensions, vehicle off the road, and other similar documents where appropriate
  • Preparing and submitting relevant reports, evidence, statements etc., following any offence or breach of conditions
  • Providing information to the public on the Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle trade.  Investigating and dealing with complaints
  • Conducting local knowledge tests where required
  • Carrying out roadside vehicle general safety Inspections in conjunction with West Yorkshire Police
  • Preparing information for, and attending Court in respect of offences under the Road Traffic Act 1988 and all relative legislation
  • Serving prosecutions and summons to Private Hire/Taxi Operators and Drivers
  • Attending and advising Licensing panel and presenting reports where required
  • Presenting seminars to new drivers and operators covering the rules and regulations of the trade
  • Assisting and advising licensed drivers and operators on all aspects of the legal requirements and conditions which apply to the trade
  • Verifying licence application details and interviewing applicants with regard to all aspects of the application (including previous convictions)
  • Checking and monitoring permitted and contracted vehicles and drivers to ensure compliance with Taxi and Private Hire Licensing Specification and Conditions, and where applicable, the Council’s Permit system
  • Preparing information and reports to Legal Services Officers and Departmental Transport Officers in respect of Permitted and Contracted Vehicles
  • As required, any other duties appropriate to the grade.
  • To abide by the Council’s Equal Opportunities Policy in the duties of the post and as an employee of the Council

Qualifications

  •  The post holder must be in possession of a Full UK Driving Licence

Personal specification essential requirements

It is essential that the Candidate should be able to demonstrate the following criteria for the post within the context of the specific role duties and responsibilities: Candidates will only be shortlisted for interview if they can demonstrate on the application form that they meet all the essential requirements.

Skills required                                                                                                                                           

  • Ability to write clear and concise Statements and Reports   
  • Ability to use computer systems in particular Microsoft Word and Excel               
  • Ability to verbally communicate in a clear and precise manner                 
  • Ability to achieve basic competency levels of vehicle inspections
  • Ability to understand and operate static and mobile camera equipment and CCTV recording devices ranging from digital cameras and body worn devices to full Public Space Surveillance Cameras (PSSC)

Knowledge required

  • To be able to achieve limited Tester Status
  • Up to date knowledge of Taxi and Private Hire Legislation
  • Up to date knowledge of Motor Vehicle and Construction and Use Regulations
  • Knowledge of Taxi and Private Hire trade
  • To be able to achieve Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence and Level 2 BTEC Award in CCTV Operations (Public Space Surveillance)

Experience required

  • Experience of enforcing compliance with regulations
  • The regular preparation of written Reports/Statements
  • Experience of using computer systems in particular Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Dealing with difficult people and conflict situations
  • Dealing with the general public in an advisory capacity
  • The experience of reporting events in a clear, accurate and concise manner
  • Experience of team working

Behavioural & other related characteristics required

  • Willing to abide by the Council’s Equal Opportunities Policy in the duties of the post, and as an employee of the Council
  • Mature and professional approach to promoting the professional standards of the Section
  • Calm and polite under stress
  • Willing to take personal responsibility under and abide by the Council’s Health and Safety policy
  • Ability to implement and adopt change in a positive manner
  • A commitment to provide and develop for clients, high quality services
  • A commitment to the effective working of Legal and Democratic Service and the objectives of Leeds City Council
  • A commitment to own personal development and training
  • An awareness of the sensitive and confidential nature of the work
  • A willingness to work beyond and outside normal hours
  • Flexible in approach to work within team and with other colleagues

Personal specification desired requirements

It is desirable that the Candidate should be able to demonstrate the following criteria for the post within the context of the specific role duties and responsibilities:  Candidates are not required to meet all the Desirable requirements however these may be used to distinguish between acceptable candidates.

Knowledge required

Knowledge of the organisation and functions of local government

Experience required

  • Experience of using digital recording devices to capture still and moving images
  • Knowledge of current digital video and editing software
  • Working in a multicultural environment
  • Experience of working shifts

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Environmental Health Technician - Licensing Specialist - Adur & Worthing Councils

Environmental Health Technician - Licensing Specialist - Adur & Worthing Councils

Salary from £36,371 to £39,571
Scale / Band Scale: 7
Hours 37 hours
Contract: 2 Year Fixed Term Contract
Place of work Flexible, home working and a base at Portland House, Worthing
Closing date 14 August 2022 23:55 Hours
Interviews 31 August & 1 September 2022

Duties of the post/who we’re looking for:

This is an exciting opportunity to join Adur & Worthing Councils working in a joint service across two local authorities located on the South Coast and we are seeking a Licensing Specialist to join our busy Licensing Unit within our Public Health & Regulation Team.

The successful candidate will be a confident, highly motivated and forward thinking individual. The main role will be focused on Licensing Act 2003 and Gambling Act 2005 but you will also be required to deal with a wide range of licensing and environmental matters, so it is essential you have a comprehensive knowledge of licensing legislation and enforcement.

You will work as part of a flexible and professional team of officers, so enthusiasm and team working skills are key. Good interpersonal and communication skills are essential. You will be a clear and accurate record keeper and use your knowledge and intuition to seek desirable outcomes.

What we can offer

We are a forward thinking organisation and you will have the opportunity to develop and grow in this role. On top of this, you’ll get an excellent pay package with five weeks of paid leave per year (+ bank holidays) and a local government pension.

We offer flexible working conditions and benefits that can be tailored to suit you - from our essential car user scheme, parental leave policies through to employee discounts, we are committed to supporting you throughout your career with us

The post will be based in Worthing, however the Councils operate flexible working practices including home working.

Further information

For more detailed information on this role, please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification. Please see https://ats-adurworthing.jobsgopublic.com/vacancies/list for further information and to apply. No CV’s or agency applications.

For an informal discussion, please contact Simon Jones, Team Leader (Licensing) on 01273 263191, simon.jones@adur-worthing.gov.uk

View job adverts on: www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/jobs