Posted: Monday, 30 March 2015 @ 14:24
The Government has rushed through various changes during the last few working days of Parliament and the new Deregulation Act came into force on 26 March. We now also know when the various provisions will come into force.
Personal Licences which expire on or after 1 April 2015 will no longer require renewal.
The changes will come into force on 6 April 2015.
The Live Music Act allows live entertainment between 8am and 11pm, but subject to limits on the audience numbers. At present it is 200, and the change, will be to increase the number to 500. At the same time recorded music will also be allowed within the same hours and subject to a maximum audience of 500. If the audience exceeds that or the event is outside the hours of 8am to 11pm, it will be necessary to have regulated entertainment as a licensable activity on the Premises Licence.
Further detail can be gleaned by looking at Chapter 15 of new Statutory Guidance.
Community and Ancillary Sellers Notice
Unfortunately there was not enough Parliamentary time to deal with these provisions, nor proposals to change Late Night Refreshment licensing. So we now must wait and see how the election affects the future of all licensing.
Temporary Event Notices
It has been confirmed that the increase in the number of Temporary Event Notices from the current 12 per calendar year to 15 per calendar year will take place on 1 January 2016.
Loss of Licenses
From 26 May 2015 there will no longer be a need to report any loss of a Premises Licence or Personal Licence to the police.
From 26 May 2015 it will no longer be an offence to sell liqueur confectionary to someone under 16.
New Statutory Guidance
Alongside the changes the Government has on 27 March issued a new Statutory Guidance , and this should now be considered in relation to all licensing matters.
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