Published on August 9th, 2010 | by Dean Carr
Alcohol Licence – Do I need one?
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The Licensing Act 2003 regulates all aspects of the sale and supply of alcohol, the provision of regulated entertainment, and the provision of late night refreshment.
The licensing authority is now the relevant local authority (i.e. your local council.) There is one licensing body for all licensing issues.
The Act amalgamated six existing licensing regimes:
- public entertainment
- late night refreshment houses
- night cafés
There is a single integrated scheme for licensing premises which sell alcohol, provide entertainment for the public or provide refreshment late at night. Four licensable activities are specifically named:
- the sale by retail of alcohol
- the supply of alcohol by or on behalf of a club, or to the order of a member of the club
- the provision of regulated entertainment
- The provision of late night refreshments (businesses offering hot food between 11pm and 5am).
The Act affects anyone who is concerned with:
- pubs and nightclubs
- private members’ clubs and social clubs
- businesses offering hot food between 11pm and 5am
- indoor sporting events
- restaurants that serve alcohol
- organisers of occasional events
- theatres and amateur dramatic groups
- hotels, guest houses and other places that sell alcohol
The licensing authority must promote the licensing objectives:
- the prevention of crime and disorder
- public safety
- the prevention of public nuisance
- the protection of children from harm
Licensees need a Premises Licence if any of the activities listed above are to take place at any premises within the Forest Heath district. Conditions attached to a Premises Licence must be seen to promote the licensing objectives and be proportional in that aspect.
Licensees need a Personal Licence to sell or supply alcohol for consumption on or off any premises which have a Premises Licence in force. A Personal Licence is issued for 10 years and is then renewable for further 10 year periods. Applications for a Personal Licence should be made to the local council. The council granting the initial licence will be responsible for continuing to license the applicant even if they move away from the area.
A Personal Licence cannot be granted to anyone less than 18 years of age. An individual may only hold one Personal Licence at any one time.
Where the retailing of alcohol will take place, a Designated Premises Supervisor must be named on the Premises Licence. The Designated Premises Supervisor must also hold a Personal Licence.
While carrying out its licensing functions, a licensing authority must also have regard to:
- its Statement of Licensing Policy
- any guidance issued by the Secretary of State
Further information can be obtained from Personal Licence Training Ltd
Telephone: 0845 388 5472