Licensed Premises changes coming into force

Posted: Tuesday, 5 January 2010 @ 11:01

Last month I told you about the changes made by the Policing and Crime Act 2009 of November. The government have just announced that they will be bringing in to force some of the changes earlier than we expected. Perhaps an early election is on the cards?

The intention is to introduce the following changes on 29 January:

  1. Allowing members of Licensing Authorities to object to applications and initiate a review of a Premises Licence or Club Registration Certificate
  2. Making it an offence to sell alcohol to children on 2 occasions (currently 3 occasions) within 3 consecutive months
  3. A new offence for under 18's of persistently possessing alcohol in a public place (3 or more occasions in 12 consecutive months)
  4. Changes to the law on confiscation of alcohol from under 18's and directions to those aged 10 or over to leave a public place

My advice is that if you have any licensing applications to make sure you get them in before 29 January otherwise you will face the possibility that an over zealous Licensing Authority will put the boot into your application. 

I will keep you updated as and when all the changes take place.

Nigel Musgrove

Licensing Law Specialist

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Nigel has been providing dispute resolution advice as a solicitor for over 35 years. As well as advising SMEs and business owners on disputes he also offers a specialist licensing law service. View profile
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