Licensing Update-Personal Licence Renewal and More

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 

Personal Licences which expire on or after 1 April 2015 will no longer require renewal.

Live Music

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.

Liqueur Confectionary

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.

Nigel Musgrove
Licensing Law Specialist
Tel: 0845 003 5639

Blog by Nigel Musgrove
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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This blog is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor is it intended to be a complete and authoritative statement of the law, and what we say might be out of date by the time you read it. You should always seek legal advice to confirm whether or how any information in this article applies to your particular situation. We offer a free telephone consultation to discuss your particular circumstances.

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