A Guide To Applying For A Licence

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A Guide To Applying For A Licence

A Guide to Applying for a Licence

Introduction

A Guide To Applying For A Licence1In November 2005, the Licensing Act 2003 superseded all the old liquor, entertainment and refreshment licences and replaced them with a single Premises Licence.  Where alcohol is to be sold, someone who holds a Personal Licence must authorise the sale. There is also a new Club Premises Certificate for Qualifying Members Clubs and a notification process for small, short-term events, called a Temporary Event Notice. The Act also requires premises supplying hot food and drink from 11pm to 5am to be licensed.

Who needs a licence (Licensable activities)?

Under the Licensing Act 2003, a licence is required for premises where any of the following are provided:-

  • Retail sale of alcohol (Premises Licence)
  • Supply of alcohol (Club Premises Certificate)
  • Performance of a play (unless in front of an audience of less than 500 people between 8am and 11pm)
  • Exhibition of a film
  • Indoor sporting events (unless in front of an audience of less than 1000 people between 8am and 11pm)
  • Boxing or wrestling events (indoors or out)
  • Performances of live music (unless in front of an audience of less than 250 people between 8am and 11pm)
  • Performances of recorded music
  • Dancing (unless in front of an audience of less than 500 people between 8am and 11pm)
  • Supplying hot food or hot drink between 11 pm and 5 am

It should be noted that “premises” includes vehicles, vessels and moveable stalls.

A Guide To Applying For A Licence

Where the sale of alcohol is an authorised activity under the Licence, a Designated Premises Supervisor must be nominated to ensure that the premises operate properly.  This person must be a Personal Licence holder and will authorise all alcohol sales in the premises.  However they do not necessarily have to be present to ‘authorise’ that sale.

Torbay Council is the licensing authority for its area, dealing with all licensing functions relating to the above-mentioned activities.  As part of the Council’s new responsibility it has prepared

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