Government launches tender to redesign licensing service

The new gov.uk service will look to make it easier for users to find, apply and pay for more than 100 different types of licences.

The UK’s Government Digital Service (GDS) has put out a tender for the redesign of licensing in England and Wales.

The Government’s licensing service is currently used by venue owners looking to ensure that their premises holds a valid premise licence, premise supervisors wanting to renew their personal licence to sell alcohol, and local authorities processing licence applications and payments.

The service encompasses more than 100 different types of licences, including selling alcohol and providing entertainment.

“The existing licensing service does not meet user needs; those of the public or local authority user,” reads the tender. It details that the redesign needs to enable users to find, apply and pay for all required permits and licences in order to comply with the European Union (EU) Service Directive.

Comply with Digital Service Standards

It also needs to adhere to the GDS’ Digital Service Standards, and include common components such as gov.uk as part of the service.

Commencing in September 2017, the project is expected to last between 12 and 24 weeks and has a contract value of £150,000 – £300,000. Applications must be completed by 25 August 2017.

The new licensing service is expected to launch in England and Wales at the end of this year.

For more information about the tender, visit the gov.uk site.

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