Chelmsford City Council is to formally discuss the possibility of consulting on a late-night levy tonight.

The authority’s licensing and regulatory committee is to meet at 7pm this evening to consider whether or not to consult on the tax.

The proposal is to introduce a levy on 1 November 2014 to apply to premises that sell alcohol between 1am and 6am. The proposal excludes premises with overnight accommodation, theatres, cinemas and premises only licensed during the levy period on New Year’s Eve.

If agreed, the formal consultation will run for 12 weeks from 27 March until 23 June 2014.

The Police has stated that the increase in the number of incidents on a Thursday, Saturday and Sunday mornings are directly related to the three busiest nights in the city-centre and therefore the night-time economy is having a “direct impact” on police resources and community safety initiatives.

In July 2013, the One Chelmsford Board proposed to proceed with the measure if the Police and Crime Commissioner agreed that the full levy would be used to fund community safety initiatives that supported the night-time economy in Chelmsford. The council’s meeting agenda states that this was agreed in principle in October.