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Licensing law changes 2014

22 May 2014

The government’s Alcohol Strategy Consultation ended last year and suggested several changes to existing licensing laws.  One year on and the results of that consultation are starting to emerge.

Sophie Macarthy, Solicitor at Adams & Remers comments: “There are a number of changes which will give business owners some greater flexibility this summer”.

These include:

  • We can now expect to see a removal of the requirement to renew personal licences every 10 years so that once granted they will last until revoked. There was talk of scrapping them altogether but clearly that has not happened yet.
  • The number of Temporary Event Notices (TEN) that a licensed premises may give will be increased from 12 to 15 in a calendar year.
  • The Live Music Act (which now permits live amplified and unamplified music between 8am and 11pm without a licence for certain premises) will be further relaxed to increase the audience limit from 200 to 500.  It will also permit recorded music without a premises licence for those times and capacities.
  • Ancillary Seller Notices are to be introduced, where a business owner can supply alcohol as an ancillary part of their business.  For example a B&B who would like to leave its guests a bottle of wine in their room.  Again, this allows a much more cost effective way of doing so.

Sophie Macarthy concludes: “Following a two week public consultation, the Government has now said that licensing laws will be relaxed during the World Cup to allow pubs to stay open later during some England matches. Pubs and bars will be allowed to open until 01:00am when England matches kick-off at 20:00pm or later, so England’s first match on 14 June which kicks off at 23:00pm, will benefit from this extension.”



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