Licensing and Entertainment
The Licensing Act 2003 transferred responsibility for issuing licences for the sale of intoxicating liquor to local authorities.
As a result of this change, the Council is now responsible for issuing licences for the following activities:
- Retail sale or supply of alcohol
- Provision of regulated entertainment
- Provision of hot food or drink after 11 p.m. and before 5 a.m.
Types of Licence
Establishments need a Premises Licence to carry out the above activities and if that permits the sale of alcohol, then whoever sells the alcohol needs a Personal Licence as well.
The Premises Licence is a single licence that permits any or all of the licensable activities.
There are also Club Premises Certificates for qualifying clubs, and a system of Temporary Event Notices for ad-hoc events.