Reduced Services

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

In line with social distancing advice and to protect residents and staff the Council has taken the decision to close the Council offices to the public until further notice.

Whilst the offices are closed to visitors, you are still able to access services and information from this website 24/7.

Information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to access Council Services during this period can be found on our Coronavirus information page

We ask that all residents #StayHomeSaveLives – see a Message from the Leader of the Council


Message from Mayor of Castle Point Councillor Colin Riley

From July 4th new changes on lockdown come into place. Pubs, bars and restaurants are able to open subject to government guidelines.

We want our residents to enjoy themselves but it is important we all act responsibly.  

  • Stay alert and stay safe to help prevent spreading the virus.
  • Keep a safe distance from others  and continue to wash your hands regularly.

If you do go to the  pub, have fun but be sensible;show respect for others and do not do anything that puts you or other people at risk.


Licensing Consultation

Licensing Services are responsible for licensing a wide variety of premises and activities, with a view to securing the prevention of crime and disorder, protection of public safety, protection of children from harm and prevention of public nuisance. These include

  • The Licensing Team carries out the following functions:-
  • Liquor licensing
  • Gambling Act 2005
  • Hackney carriage and private hire licensing
  • Street and house-to-house charitable collections
  • Vehicle salvage operators
  • Boatman’s and pleasure boat licenses
  • Lotteries
  • Amusement with prizes machines
  • Street Trading
  • Sex Establishments
  • Hypnotist
  • Road closures for special events
  • Enforcement proceedings
  • Licensing Enforcement Policy Dec 2017.pdf [pdf] 274KB

The determination of whether to grant licences or not is in most cases supported by the views of various professionals, statutory bodies including health and safety officers, Essex Police, Essex Fire and Rescue Services and Child Protection Board. In some instances, the public may also make representations in respect of the grant of a licence.

For further information and contact details, please choose from the menu on the left of this page.  If the type of licence you require isn't listed please contact the Licensing Team.

The Licensing Team can be contacted at:

Licensing Section, Castle Point Borough Council, Council Offices, Kiln Road, Benfleet, Essex  SS7 1TF Telephone (01268) 882480, Facsimile (01268) 882455 , Email:

Public Register

The Licensing Public Register  is for the public and Relevent Authorities to view opening times and conditions of applications and licenses issued.

Licensing Enquiry Form

The Licensing Department often receive inquiries about other Licensing schemes that are administered by other bodies

the list below are contact details of the most frequent queries we receive

School Contracts and escorts - Essex County Council  0845 743 0430

Child Models, acting and escorts - Essex County Council  0845 743 0430

PRS Music Licence - Performing Rights Society - 0800 068 4828

PPL Licence - Phonographic Performance Ltd - 0800 064 6470

SIA Security Industry Authority - Door supervisors -  08702 430100

Fishing  Licence - Environment Agency  0870 1662 662 or the licence can be obtained from your local Post Office