With the passing of the Licensing Act 2003, responsibility for the licensing of premises for the sale by retail of liquor, provision of regulated entertainment and late night refreshment, as well as the supply of alcohol by a club, will pass in its entirety to local authorities.
From 24 November 2005 all licences granted by the courts and local authorities under the old regime will no longer have effect.
The Licensing Act 2003 requires that Premises at which licensable activities are carried on hold a Premises License and that individuals who are authorising the sale by retail of liquor at those premises hold a personal licence.
The new Act also creates a number of new offences and extends the powers of the police to seek closure of premises where there is a breach of licensing legislation.
The entertainment and licensing team at Adams & Remers can help clients affected by the new legislation whether that involves advising generally, submitting applications on your behalf or dealing with prosecutions or closure applications under the Act.
For further information contact our team or your usual contact in the firm.