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Licensing Act 2003 Guidance

Significant changes to the Licensing Laws in England and Wales were introduced by the Licensing Act 2003.  The Act was fully implemented on 24th November 2005.

The effect of the Act is to modernise and integrate the various licensing systems and provide a single scheme for licensing premises which sell alcohol, provide forms of entertainment and late night refreshment.  This amalgamates the six previous licensing regimes (alcohol, public entertainment, cinemas, theatres, late night refreshment houses and night cafes).  The liquor licensing functions which used to be administered by the Magistrates Court has transferred to local authorities.

The Act is designed to meet the Government's four licensing objectives:

  • The prevention of Crime and Disorder;
  • Public safety;
  • The prevention of public nuisance; and
  • The protection of children from harm

Anyone wishing to carry out a licensable activity i.e.

  • Sell or supply alcohol; or
  • Provide regulated entertainment or entertainment facilities; or
  • Provide hot food or drink between 11.00 p.m. and 5.00 a.m.

Will need a Premises Licence or Club Premises Certificate.  The sale or supply of alcohol requires at least one personal licence holder and one who is named as the designated premises supervisor.

Please note that today (28/04/17) the Home Office issued the following guidance in relation to applications to vary a DPS on a premises licence:

"The application to vary a premises licence to specify an individual as designated premises supervisor under the Licensing Act 2003 asks the licensee to give a copy of the form to the existing premises supervisor. The completed form contains personal information about the proposed new DPS and sharing this information would be in breach of the Data Protection Act 1998. It is sufficient for the licensee to inform the DPS that the application has been made, without the need to share the specific details of the application. A full copy of the application form must still be sent to police. The form will be amended via regulations as soon as possible to make this clear".

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Microsoft Word formatGD1 - PLAN DETAILS FOR PL OR CP CERTIFICATE in Word format295 Kb42 secs @ 56k, 1 sec @ 2mb
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Microsoft Word formatGD2 - FEES in Word format318 Kb45 secs @ 56k, 1 sec @ 2mb
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Microsoft Word formatGD3 - Temporary Event Notices in Word format307 Kb44 secs @ 56k, 1 sec @ 2mb
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Microsoft Word formatGD4 - Frequently asked questions in Word format332 Kb47 secs @ 56k, 1 sec @ 2mb
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Microsoft Word formatGD5 - List of Offences in Word format368 Kb53 secs @ 56k, 2 secs @ 2mb
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Microsoft Word formatGD7(APR2017) Responsible Authorities in Word format314 Kb45 secs @ 56k, 1 sec @ 2mb
Microsoft Word formatGD8 - Village and Community Halls in Word format303 Kb43 secs @ 56k, 1 sec @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerGD8 - Village and Community Halls in PDF format48 Kb7 secs @ 56k, 0 secs @ 2mb
Microsoft Word formatGD10 - PREMISES LICENCE in Word format310 Kb44 secs @ 56k, 1 sec @ 2mb
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Microsoft Word formatGD11 - for Club Premises Certificate in Word format359 Kb51 secs @ 56k, 1 sec @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerGD11 - for Club Premises Certificate in PDF format89 Kb13 secs @ 56k, 0 secs @ 2mb
Microsoft Word formatGD12 - PERSONAL LICENCE in Word format319 Kb46 secs @ 56k, 1 sec @ 2mb
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Microsoft Word formatGD13 - Designated Premises Supervisor in Word format294400 Kb700 mins 57 secs @ 56k, 20 mins 6 secs @ 2mb
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Microsoft Word formatGD14 - Regulated Entertainment Exemptions in Word format295 Kb42 secs @ 56k, 1 sec @ 2mb
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Microsoft Word formatGD16 - - LICENSING CHANGES AT A GLANCE in Word format306 Kb44 secs @ 56k, 1 sec @ 2mb
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Microsoft Word formatGD17 - Relevant Convictions in Word format316 Kb45 secs @ 56k, 1 sec @ 2mb
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Microsoft Word formatGD18(A) - ADVERTISEMENT APPLICATION - Premises in Word format354 Kb51 secs @ 56k, 1 sec @ 2mb
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Microsoft Word formatGD18(B) - ADVERTISEMENT APPLICATION- Club in Word format353 Kb50 secs @ 56k, 1 sec @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerGD18(B) - ADVERTISEMENT APPLICATION- Club in PDF format71 Kb10 secs @ 56k, 0 secs @ 2mb
Microsoft Word formatGD18(C) - ADVERTISEMENT APPLICATION - Late Night Refresh in Word format337 Kb48 secs @ 56k, 1 sec @ 2mb
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