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.

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