Rules and regulationsIf 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:
- Businesses that sell or supply alcohol on a permanent basis, such as pubs, need to apply for a premises licence.
- 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.
- 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.
Alcotraz: Behind the bars of East London?s prison-themed cocktail bar Inspired by Hollywood Movies and TV that have brought to life America?s most infamous prison, Alcotraz is London?s first immersive theatrical cocktail bar. __________________________________________________________________________________
Your premisesHaving a premises licence authorises you to use any premises for activities involving the sale of alcohol. To successfully apply for this licence, you will be asked a series of questions including the following:
- General information regarding the premises such as the address.
- Your details as an applicant.
- The operating schedule, including the date you want the licence to start from on the premises.
- You should indicate what licensable activities you wish to carry out by ticking the appropriate boxes on the form. You should also indicate what days and times you want the licence to be active from. This also includes the provision of regulated entertainment, such as indoor sporting events, live music and recorded music.
- Under the new licensing laws, you should also stipulate who you wish to be the designated premises supervisor (DPS).
- The opening hours of your premises.
- How you intend to promote the four key licensing objectives, which are: the prevention of crime and disorder, public safety, the prevention of public nuisance, the protection of children from harm.
- The planning of the premises and any advertising on or around the premises that you wish to use.
What is a personal licence and who needs on?The general staff working in a pub aren?t required to hold a personal licence, but all public houses must have a premises supervisor that holds a personal licence. If you are going to be the owner of the premises licence, then you would also apply to be the personal licence holder if the pub was your own business. Furthermore, anyone who works in a pub should be authorised to do so by the personal licence holder. It?s important to take into consideration the public before you apply for this licence. This is because anyone running or managing a pub should do so in a professional fashion. If you don?t there could be unwanted disruption caused to the community. With this information provided, you now have everything you need to know in order to get started with your application in the hope that one day in the near future you?ll be pouring the pints in your own pub ? cheers!
Sign up to our newsletter to get the latest from Business Advice.