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Installing a coffee vending machine in my shop.

The police say I may need a Premises Licence - is that right?

Q. I have installed a coffee vending machine in my shop, and I have been told by my Licensing Officer that because I am open after 11pm that I need a Premises Licence if I am going to allow people to buy a hot drink from the machine after 23:00. Can this really be correct?

A. If customers people coming into your shop have to hand the money over to you for the drink that they have got out of the machine then I am afraid your licensing officer is correct. If customers simply put the money into the machine and it delivers them a hot drink, then you would not need any permission but, perversely, if they have to pass the money over to you then you would need a Premises Licence for customers buying a drink from the machine after 23:00.

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