Premises Licence Premise licence conditions

Published on March 6th, 2013 | by Dean Carr


Conditions imposed on premises licences

Premises Licence – A quick guide on current legal conditions

The Police and Social Responsibility Act 2011 determined that a licensing authority no longer has to show that a condition placed on a licence is necessary to promote the licensing objectives, merely that it is appropriate. So an application can be refused or conditions imposed if it is appropriate to do so.

The appropriateness test is considered to be easier to meet than the necessity test it replaces.

These measures include:

  • Modifying the conditions of the premises licence (which includes altering or removing existing conditions, or adding new ones)
  • Excluding one or more licensable activities from the scope of the licence
  • Removing the designated premises supervisor
  • Suspending the premises licence for a period not exceeding 3 months
  • Revoking, or taking away the licence

Examples of measures the licensing committee could impose include:

  • Reducing the hours during which alcohol can be sold
  • Prohibiting live music, or requiring it to terminate earlier than at present
  • Requiring the presence of door supervisors at weekends
  • Requiring the premises to operate an admissions policy with regard to age, for example a person must be over 21 years to be admitted onto the premises

More information can be found on the UK Government Website


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Dean Carr

Dean has been involved in alcohol licensing for over 20 years and has helped many independent retailers and corporate clients obtain a licence to sell alcohol or offer late night refreshment, regulated entertainment from all sorts of premises. Dean writes articles for various trade related blogs and is currently Managing Director of the PLT group of companies who run APLH and SCPLH personal alcohol licence courses nationwide. You can contact Dean or a member of his expert licensing team on: 01242 222 188

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