Five FAQs about alcohol licensing
If I want to open a restaurant, how do I apply for an alcohol licence?
It is important that you do not attempt to sell any alcohol before your licence to sell alcohol has been granted. Your premises and also the person managing your restaurant should obtain a licence to sell alcohol to the public. A commercial solicitor can help you decide which type of alcohol licence best suits your needs.
Can anyone object to my application for a licence to sell alcohol?
Yes, your licence application can be objected to by anyone that has an interest in your premises. Objections could come from the police, or local residents. If your application is objected to, the licensing authority will contact you. In these circumstances the legal advice of a commercial solicitor can be invaluable to have available.
What is the difference between a premises licence and a personal licence?
The Licensing Act 2003 included modifications to the licensing laws to allow people that work in the hospitality industry to move more easily from job to job. The personal licence is granted to an individual so they can manage the licensed premises at which they are working. A premises licence is still needed, but you will also need a personal licence. A commercial solicitor can give you detailed legal advice.
Is it possible for my alcohol licence to be removed?
Yes, as the licensing authority (usually a committee at your County Council) can revoke a licence if a complaint has been made. The complaint could come from anyone that feels you have broken the terms of your licence. Often, a licence will only be granted under strict conditions. Break these conditions and you could lose your alcohol licence.
How can a solicitor help with my licence application?
The licensing laws in England and Wales are now much tighter than they have ever been. You must ensure your application is made properly – something with which a commercial solicitor can help. A solicitor is also vitally important if your licence application is rejected, as you have the right to appeal.
If you would like to obtain legal advice on alcohol licensing, Contact Law can put you in touch with a local licensing solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local licensing solicitors, please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above.
- Last Updated on 03/12/2012