About the role
To ensure the satisfactory implementation, enforcement and administration of licensing in the area, principally relating to Taxi and Private Hire Vehicles, Licensing Act and Gambling Act as well as other licensing legislation which falls within the remit of the service. Also to act as the services advisor on the relevant licensing policy and technical issues.
What will you be doing?
You will be :
1. Carrying out the inspection of licensed premises including both proactive and reactive interventions to ensure that licence conditions, rules of management and consents are being complied with. To make recommendations for the approval of licence applications and renewals to the Service Manager as required.
2. Inspecting Carriages and Private Hire Vehicles to regulate the standard of cleanliness and general appearance, and to ensure their compliance with any relevant bylaws, licence conditions and policies determined by the council. Take lead in regular meetings with hackney carriage proprietors, private hire associations and appropriate Councillors.
3. Maintaining a constant review of all issued licences to ensure compliance with the conditions attached to such licences and carry out regular examinations of all records relating to Private Hire Bookings.
4. Investigating complaints, compiling evidence, carrying out visits and revisits including duties outside normal working hours in order to meet service requirements. Serving and enforcing statutory notices relating to all types of licensing activities.
5. Representing the service and giving evidence at cross-service meetings, committees, legal proceedings, public meetings and licensing sessions where commercial licensing issues may be involved.
6. Liaising with other services within the council, Licensing Organisations, Police, Fire Services and other agencies as required with respect to licensing issues, ensuring that proper consultation procedures are followed.
7. Researching and maintaining an information resource on all aspects of technical and legal matters relating to licensing and associated issues. To advise the Service Manager on the impact of new legislation within the sphere of the job and its implications.
8. Preparing and dealing with correspondence, licences, briefs, plans and other documents to originate reports and prepare and evaluate statistics. Being responsible for the use of computers and the maintenance of all necessary records and administration in connection with the duties of the post.
Good general education with minimum GCSE level grade C or above including English and Maths or equivalent.
Broad understanding of licensing legislation
Working knowledge of the principles governing the collection of evidence
Experience of taking enforcement action and appearing in Court
Over 2 years experience in a Regulatory Service within Local Government
In-depth knowledge of the principles of law and administration relating to licensing
Strong commitment to honesty and probity
Enthusiastic and motivated with a commitment to serving the local community and promoting public safety
Fluency in spoken English
Self-motivated and able to work with minimum supervision
Ability to communicate effectively at all levels including difficult clients/situations.
Ability to make reasoned decisions
Good written communication skills including report writing
Possess effective presentation and training skills
Strong commitment to honesty and probity
Demonstrate effective media and presentation skills
Motivated by achievement of goals and improving public safety
A desire to achieve high levels of professional competence in the execution of work
Ability to demonstrate awareness/understanding of equal opportunities and other people’s behaviour, physical, social and welfare needs.
Access to a vehicle for the use of conducting duties
- a competitive salary
- a pension scheme, where we pay a significant contribution on top of your contribution. It provides life cover and ill-health protection.
- opportunities to develop your skills, knowledge and potential in a large unitary council
- generous leave entitlement (28 days, rising to 33 days) and bank holidays, plus the option to buy up to an extra 10 days
- agile and flexible working arrangements to help you with a healthy work-life balance.
We are a new unitary council, established in April 2021; we are one of the largest unitary councils in the country. Our vision for North Northants is to be 'A place where everyone has the best opportunities and quality of life'.
Our priorities are:
- helping people live active fulfilled lives
- caring for our young people, providing them with high quality education and opportunities
- enabling a thriving and successful economy
- leading on a green and sustainable environment
- ensuring our communities are connected so they can shape their lives and where they live
- providing modern public services
Our values, as chosen by our staff, are - Customer-focused, Respectful, Efficient, Supportive and Trustworthy.
Your differences make us different - Achieve Together.
We are undertaking consultation with the Trade Unions on terms and conditions and the future NNC pay structure and during this time are appointing new employees on interim spot salaries. You will be advised of the outcome and any impact on your role once this work is complete.