A Guide to Licensing Laws

April 29, 2016

Licensing laws are never far from the news, and since the 24-hour drinking laws came into play in 2003, these laws have been a popular topic – both in and outside of parliament. But what if you want to get an alcohol license for your premises? Read our licensing laws overview to find out more.

What are licensing laws?

To sell or supply alcohol in the UK, you must have a licence to do so. This can be your own licence or official authorisation from a licencing authority – the local council, for example. The obvious businesses that need to acquire an alcohol license are pubs and nightclubs. However cinemas, cafes, supermarkets and takeaways might also need to be licensed.

There are three types of alcohol license:

  • A premises license: For any business that sells alcohol on a permanent basis.
  • Personal license: For any individual who plans to sell alcohol.
  • Club premises certificate: For certain qualifying members’ clubs that plan to sell alcohol.

In order to apply for a personal alcohol license, you must:

  • Be aged 18 or over
  • Most of the time, you need to hold a licensing qualification. This is to ensure that you are aware of the laws that surround having a license – so that you will sell or supply alcohol responsibly.

What are the restrictions of an alcohol license?

Once you have your alcohol license, you are able to sell and supply alcohol. However, there are still restrictions in place. The most well known restriction is that you cannot sell or supply alcohol to anyone under the age of 18. However, the official government website states that there are other restrictions:

  • A ban on irresponsible promotions
  • Free water must be supplied upon request
  • Smaller measures of alcohol must be supplied upon request
  • A ban on dispensing alcohol directly into customers’ mouths

Dealing with licensing laws is commonplace for us here at Watsons Solicitors, click here to visit our licensing laws page.

Alternatively, if you would like some information on how we can help you with your application for an alcohol license, contact us direct on 01925 571 212 or fill out our contact form.

Contact Us

If you are interested or require any information on any of our services then please get in touch for an appointment on:

 01925 571 212
Mon-Fri: 9am - 5pm

Latest News

Cheshire family law solicitors hit the 'gold standard'

A leading Warrington law firm’s family department has secured two further additions to the “gold standard” of practice. Gill Lacey and Amy Jones of Watsons Solicitors have received accreditation to sit on the Law Society Children Law Panel after demonstrating required level of competence and knowledge in representing clients in Children Law proceedings. In doing […]

You’ve appointed your conveyancing solicitor – now what?

You’ve found your dream home and your mortgage offer has been accepted, but there’s still some crucial steps before you get the keys. Appointing a conveyancing solicitor is a vital milestone in the house buying or selling journey – but what activity follows this? We’ve created a checklist to help prepare you and ensure you […]

Double joy for Lauren as she joins leading Warrington law firm permanently

A newly-qualified solicitor has secured a permanent role at a growing Cheshire law firm. Lauren Singh joins Watsons Solicitors after completing her two-year training contract with the Warrington-based company and will split her time between the employment law and family law departments. Her appointment further bolsters the firm’s ever-growing team of young solicitors as it […]

Warrington wills solicitor’s concerns about video-link risks

A Warrington-based wills and probate solicitor has expressed concern over imminent changes to allow wills to be executed via video link. The change in the law due in September, which will be backdated to 31 January 2020, is part of the government’s response to making it possible for the signing of wills to be witnessed […]

Watsons Solicitors
Children Law Accredited
Conveyancing Quality
Criminal Litigation
Family Law Advanced
Personal Injury

Watsons Solicitors is a trading name of Watsons Solicitors Warrington LLP a Limited Liability Partnership registered in England and Wales registered number OC386012 whose registered office is 13 Bold Street, Warrington, WA1 1DJ.

Watsons Solicitors Warrington LLP is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority number 598547.

Watsons Solicitors
Warrington
Cheshire
WA1 1DJ

01925 444 323
Website managed by Outwrite PR, an online reputation management agency
envelope-oclock-ophonefax linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram