Published on October 20th, 2011 | by Dean Carr
Selling Alcohol from Your Home
Unfortunately, it is very unlikely that an alcohol licence will be granted for a residential property.
Each application that is submitted to the Licensing Authority has to state a rateable business value which private residential properties will not have. The only exception to this may be a property which stands in it’s own small-holding, ie. a farm.
Each application for a new premises licence must contain the statements as to how the licensing objectives are going to be met. With regards to a private residential property the following objectives would not be able to be met sufficiently:
The Prevention of Crime and Disorder
The Prevention of Public Nuisance
It is also unlikely that a Private residential property would have installed a CCTV system which met the DCMS guidelines as used by the Police.
Although you may think that the alcohol would eb safe at your premises and no-one would know it was there, the application itself would have to be publicly advertised for 28 days, therefore making everyone aware of your intentions.
If you want to start a small business, the best thing to do is to acquire a small lock up unit to start off with and have this licensed instead. This can be done as it is classed as a business premises.
If you would like any further advice regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to call the Licensing Consultants at Personal Licence Training Ltd.