Premises Licence issues to consider
Premises Licences are required to allow the sale of alcohol, the serving of hot food or drink anytime between 11pm and 5am (known as Late Night Refreshment), and the provision of “regulated entertainment”.
Types of entertainment that need a licence include the performance of plays, showing of films, indoor sporting events, boxing or wrestling (indoor or outdoor), live music, recorded music and performance of dance. There are a number of exceptions or exemptions to this group and further detailed information is available in the “Regulated Entertainment” section of the Section 182 Guidance published by the Home Office. Licensed premises where alcohol is sold will also need to employ at least one person who holds a personal licence, known as a Designated Premises Supervisor.
Those Four Licensing Objectives relevant to a premises licence review are the prevention of crime and disorder, promotion of public safety, prevention of public nuisance and the protection of children from harm. The Licensing Act 2003 requires that the sale of alcohol, performance of plays, film shows, live or recorded music, indoor sports, boxing and wrestling, and the sale of hot food or drink after 11pm must be authorised by the relevant local council. Premises licences are usually for permanent premises, as well as for larger events or for other situations where a Temporary Event Notice cannot be given.
In order to sell alcohol under a premises licence, it is also necessary to obtain at least one Personal Licence and to designate someone with a Personal licence as the “Premises Supervisor” who should have day-to-day management responsibilities."
Applying for a Premises Licence?
To apply for a premises licence, there are a number of distinct steps that have to be taken. These steps include preparation of a detailed plan. This plan must conform to an extremely precise specification. The preparation of an operating schedule to show how nuisance, crime and disorder will be prevented, children will be protected from harm and how the safety of the public will be achieved. If all of the steps are not taken, then the Council will be very likely to reject your application.
In order to sell alcohol under a premises licence, it is also necessary to obtain at least one Personal Licence and to designate someone with a Personal licence as the “Premises Supervisor” who should have day-to-day management responsibilities.
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