Licensing Without Hiccups

    View Author February 2013

    Welcome to our round up of key licensing issues and developments. Highlights include:

    • Consultation on locally set licence fees imminent – increases likely.
    • EMRO and Levy Consultations and Considerations – Newcastle has launched its formal consultation on the introduction of a late night levy, although Islington seem to be back-tracking. Hartlepool, Northampton, Warrington and Blackpool have all indicated that they are considering the introduction of an EMRO. Camden requested views on both EMROs and the Levy. We summarise the proposals of each Authority and current status.
    • Better Regulation Delivery Office (BRDO) Code of Practice on Age Restricted Products – the Code of Practice for regulators and enforcers has now been published. We consider the key implications for your business.
    • Deregulation of Entertainment – the response to the consultation has now been published by the Department of Culture Media and Sport. Most entertainment activities that are licensable will be deregulated up to an audience threshold of 500 people between 08.00 and 23.00, save for indoor sport, which will have a higher audience ceiling of 1000 people. We set out the proposed exemptions and how they may affect your business; and perhaps more importantly, what will remain licensable.

    If you have any queries about any of the highlights in this month’s review, or if you need any advice on your licensing requirements, applications, or procedures, please contact us. We can assist with drafting and submission of applications, contested hearings, audits and advice on procedures, policies and/ or training, prosecutions or licence reviews.