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The Institute of Licensing (IoL) is the professional body for licensing practitioners across the UK. A registered charity (No.4884548), the IoL membership comprises practitioners from regulatory, industry and legal fields.

The IoL exists for its members in pursuit of its stated objectives and operates both regionally and nationally across the UK with established regions covering England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and members in Scotland.

The Institute of Licensing's (IoL's) stated objectives are set out in the company's Memorandum & Article of Association for the benefit of the public as follows:

  • to advance the development, evaluation and recognition of professional skill, technical competency, ethical conduct and practical achievement in the field of licensing and regulatory activity; including their application in the public and private sectors and in the framing and enforcement of laws and regulations in pursuit of prevention of crime disorder and nuisance, the promotion of health and safety, the protection of children and vulnerable people, the protection of the environment and other licensing and regulatory objectives;
  • to foster mutual understanding and respect between practitioners and the communities and sectors they serve;
  • to develop, encourage and provide certification of related standards, education, training, study, scholarship, communication, consultation, knowledge creation and information dissemination; and
  • to provide other activity consistent with the public good in the licensing field.

The IoL is committed to the provision of relevant, timely and affordable training and professional development for members and other stakeholders. Residential and non-residential training courses are organised throughout the year on a range of different subjects to provide the best training opportunities to our members, ranging from basic training aimed at new entrants, to advanced training for established practitioners. Our signature event is our National Training Conference – a three day residential event with a programme designed to maximise benefit to individual delegates. The conference is held annually in November.

Member Benefits
As well as low cost (usually discounted), good quality training opportunities that are available to members across the 11 regions and nationally, IoL members benefit from access to the full IoL website including the extensive online library resource, copies of the IoL's Journal of Licensing, discounted publications and partner discounts.

The Journal of Licensing is published three times a year, providing up-to-date articles and opinion pieces on topical issues and case law. The Journal is free to Institute members. Individual Members get a personal copy sent to them. Organisations receive a number of copies depending on the size of the organisation.

The IoL has three published books available to purchase.

  • Local Government Licensing Law in Scotland – A Practical Guide by Stephen J McGowan
  • Sex Licensing by Philip Kolvin QC
  • Gambling for Local Authorities 2nd edition by Philip Kolvin QC

News & Communications
In addition to the hard copy publication, the Institute that relevant news items, job vacancies and training courses are brought to members’ attention promptly through its regular email alerts. The news alerts provide an outline of the news item with a link back to the full article (full articles are available to Institute members only).

The Jeremy Allen Award

The annual Jeremy Allen Award seeks to recognise and award exceptional licensing practictioners. This award is a tribute to the life and professional career of Jeremy Allen, whose dedication to partnership working and best practice in licensing made him one of the most respected and popular figures in the industry.

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National Licensing Forum

The Institute of Licensing was delighted to announce the re-establishment of the National Licensing Forum which took place on 24th November 2011.

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National Taxi and Private Hire Licensing Working Group

The Institute of Licensing established a National Taxi and Private Hire Licensing Working Group in 2023.

The group brings together represerntatives from all the major industry bodies alongside government representatiives from England, Scotland and Wales, professional bodies including the IoL, NALEO, LGA and LLG and other representative bodies to discuss practical issues related to taxi and private hire licensing.