City Centre Cumulative Impact Assessment Consultation

Closed 28 Oct 2020

Opened 2 Sep 2020


Bristol City Council is responsible for licensing and regulating businesses where there is the sale of alcohol, provision of regulated entertainment or the provision of late night refreshment. This normally covers businesses such as pubs, clubs, restaurants, hotels, off licences and late night food takeaways.

A large number of licensed venues in a particular area may result in lots of people gathering in certain areas of the city at the same time, which can cause problems such as crime, disorder and public nuisance. Where a licensing authority (Bristol City Council) has evidence of such problems it can introduce a Cumulative Impact Assessment for a defined location. This makes it much more difficult for venues in that area to apply for a new licence, to extend their operating hours or to increase the size or capacity of their premises; unless the venue can show that there would be no adverse effect on the promotion of the licensing objectives, namely; the prevention of crime and disorder, the prevention of public nuisance, the protection of children from harm and public safety. 

Bristol City Council is proposing to implement a Cumulative Impact Assessment for an area in Bristol city centre. The Cumulative Impact Assessment proposal mirrors that of the previous city centre Cumulative Impact Area but has a revised boundary that excludes the Broadmead area. A map of the proposed area is shown below:

Due to a change in the law in 2018, in order to have a Cumulative Impact Area, the council must publish Cumulative Impact Assessment.

The Cumulative Impact Assessment proposal is supported by crime statistics supplied by Avon and Somerset Constabulary, which show the area has a significant concentration of alcohol-led venues, and continues to witness a high number of incidents and other related crime and disorder, including public nuisance and risk to public safety.

Why your views matter

Bristol City Council is seeking views from citizens, businesses and other stakeholders on its proposal to implement a Cumulative Impact Assessment in Bristol city centre.

If you cannot complete the survey online, you can request alternative formats of this document by emailing or calling 0117 357 4900.


  • All Areas


  • All residents
  • Business


  • Licensing