Business development · 8 August 2018

The essential guide to alcohol licensing for new pub landlords

alcohol licensing
it’s crucial that before you begin the process to get your licence you know the ins and outs of your new business
Have you ever harboured dreams of launching your own pub? Whether it’s a gastro pub, cosy inn or sports bar, this career choice appeals many who see themselves as the perfect candidate for landlord of the year. However, getting to that point can be a time-consuming and confusing uphill battle.

Essentially, you must be clued up on everything to do with alcohol licensing and what it means for you. So that you’re up and running in no time, weve provided this essential guide to talk you through everything you need to know about this important piece of legislation.

Rules and regulations

If you’re in England or Wales and are looking to supply alcohol, you must have a licence that has been authorised by the licensing authority. Usually, this will be your local council and the legislation is overseen by the Home Office, and is defined is as follows:

  1. Businesses that sell or supply alcohol on a permanent basis, such as pubs, need to apply for a premises licence.
  2. Those who plan to authorise the sale of alcohol must apply for a personal licence, alongside the premises licence, if they are also the owner of the business in that premises.
To get your licence youll need to pay a fee and complete an application form to send to the local council. As well as the local authority, you will also have to send your application to the police and other responsible authorities; these responsible authorities can include:

  • Local fire and rescue
  • The primary care trust (PCT) or local health board (LHB)
  • Environmental health authority
  • Planning authority
  • Local trading standards
  • Any other licensing authority in whose area part of the premises is located.
it’s crucial that before you begin the process to get your licence you know the ins and outs of your new business. By knowing as much as possible, you will lower the risk of any potential stumbling blocks.

For example, business gas prices can differ depending on your provider, so it’s important you do your research if you want to keep your costs down. The same applies to your electricity costs too. By researching these in-depth, you can save hundreds of pounds each year which can go on other areas, such as staff wages or establishment upkeep.



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