Licensing Without Hiccups

    View Authors December 2011

    Welcome to our final Review of 2011. In this issue we round up key licensing developments including:

    • Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act – What, when, how?
    • PPL Specially Featured Entertainment Consultation
    • Live Music Bill
    • De-Regulation of Entertainment
    • Relaxation for Diamond Jubilee

    More generally, as set out in our previous issue, as Christmas approaches, duty managers should be prepared for licence inspections and test purchase operations. You may be happy that you have all relevant documents and procedures, but have these been properly communicated to the front of house staff? Remember, that if you are using temporary or agency staff, they should receive and sign off on all required training. Remember too that during inspections you may be asked to show compliance with Mandatory Conditions, for example the production of your proof of age policy.

    The last date for applying for a Temporary Event Notice for New Year’s Eve is 15 December 2011. Most converted Licences authorise sales of alcohol 24 hours on New Year’s Eve, but Licences granted under the new regime may not.

    Extensions may also be required for Regulated Entertainment and/ or Late Night Refreshment. Make sure you apply before the deadline if you need an extension.