Licensing Act 2003
The Licensing Act 2003 which came fully into effect on 24 November 2005 brought in a new regime of licences affecting all premises that cater for activities such as the sale of alcohol, late night refreshment and the provision of entertainment, music and dancing. These licensable activities are carried on under, and in accordance with, a Premises Licence.
What are the licensable activities?
- sale or supply of alcohol;
- provision of regulated entertainment; and
- provision of late night refreshment (that is the sale of hot food or drink at any time between 11pm - 5am).
What is Regulated Entertainment?
Regulated entertainment is entertainment provided in the presence of an audience for the purpose of entertaining that audience, eg:
- the performance of a play;
- the exhibition of a film;
- an indoor sporting event;
- boxing or wrestling;
- a performance of live music;
- any playing of recorded music;
- a performance of dance; and
- entertainment of a similar description (eg, a circus).
How long is a Premises Licence valid?
A premises licence has effect until the licence is revoked, suspended or surrendered. This means it is not time-limited
Who can apply for a Premises Licence?
Individuals, businesses or partnerships can apply. In the case of an individual, the applicant must be aged 18 or over
What is a Designated Premises Supervisor?
All premises licensing authorising the sale of alcohol must identify a person who has responsibility for the day to day running of the premises. This person is known as the Designated Premises Supervisor. There is an exception is for community premises in respect of which a successful application has been made to display the usual mandatory conditions
Last updated: 4th April 2013