Alcohol and Entertainment

The Licensing Act 2003 came into force in November 2005 and transferred responsibility for the regulation of the following activities to local councils (known as the licensing authority):-

  • Sale/supply of alcohol for consumption on or off premises
  • Regulated entertainment including live or recorded music,plays,films
    dancing,boxing and wrestling,and indoor sporting events.
  • 'Late Night Refreshment', that is the sale or supply of hot food or drink from 11pm till 5am

The Licensing Objectives

The four licensing objectives are a very important part of the licensing process and licence holders have a responsibility to make sure that the premises they operate are run in a responsible manner.

The four objectives are:-

  • Prevention of public nuisance
  • Prevention of crime and disorder
  • Protection of children from harm
  • Public Safety

The Responsible Authorities

The applicant must forward a copy of any new and full variation application for a 'Premises Licence' or 'Club Premises Certificate' to the 'Responsible Authorities' . However if the application is submitted elcetronically the Licensing Authority is required to carry out this procedure.


There are a number of different licences that can be applied for under the Licensing Act 2003 namely:-

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