In order to sell alcohol in or from premises there must be a nominated personal licence holder, unless you only wish to provide alcohol to the members of a club with a club premises licence, not all employees need to hold a licence but they must be authorized by the personal licence holder.
As well as a personal licence you will need a licence for any premises which are to be used for one or more licensable activities. Premises can include vehicles, vessels or moveable structures.
Temporary Events Notices
With the increase in popularity in music and art festivals, street parties and one off events, not to mention the number of street parties granted for last years’ Royal Wedding, a Temporary Event Notice is becoming an increasingly popular way for people to entertain and supply alcohol.
Both the police and Magistrates Court have the power to temporarily close licensed premises in certain circumstances. The police may close your premises if they believe that crime and disorder is taking place on your premises (whether you are responsible for the alleged behaviour or not!).
It is possible for the police, environmental health officers or other responsible authority to require a review of your licence at any time if they feel that the licensing objectives are not being met.
Since 2007 it has been illegal to smoke in public places including licensed premises. We can advise you on compliance with legislation inside your premises and provision of smoking areas outside.
Under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976 anybody wishing to operate as a Hackney or private hire driver must be deemed a fit and proper person before being granted with a licence.
Security Industry Appeals
It is a legal requirement for all people employed in the private security industry, including door staff for pubs, clubs and bars, to be accredited with the Security Industry Authority.
Betting and Gaming
Any activity or game that involves an element of chance and skill will require licensing. The Betting and Gaming Industry is governed by the Gambling Act 2005. Applications for casinos, betting shops and bingo halls are regulated by the Gambling Commission.