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News: Right to Work – Changes to Licensing Forms 19 Dec 2018

New Application and Notice Forms for Licensed Applications following Updated List of Documents to Evidence of Individual’s Entitlement to Work in the UK.

News: Gambling Commission finds failures to prevent children playing on age-restricted pub gaming machines 15 Nov 2018

Sample tests indicate failure rate up to 90%

News: Poppleston Allen proud sponsors of Best Bar None Nottingham 2018 19 Sep 2018

Record number attracted to the awards

News: The Scottish Government issue advice to Personal Licence Holders for renewal applications. 08 Aug 2018

In preparation for Personal Licence renewals due in September 2019, the Scottish Government has issued a communication for Personal Licence Holders whose licences were granted up to 1st September 2009

News: Agent of Change Has Arrived 25 Jul 2018

The National Planning Policy Framework (July 2018) – Now Includes ‘Agent of Change’

News: House of Lords Approves Royal Wedding Extension of Hours 02 May 2018

The House of Lords has approved the Draft Order permitting an extension of hours for licensable activities on the weekend of the Royal Wedding

News: Government Issues Revised Statutory Guidance 01 May 2018

Government Issues Revised Statutory Guidance

News: Revised Guidance issued by Government 24 Apr 2018

Updated Guidance in light of recent legislation

News: Government publishes Draft Order for the Royal Wedding 26 Mar 2018

Government publishes Draft Order for the Royal Wedding

News: Proposed relaxation in licensing hours could be the icing on the Royal Wedding cake. 09 Jan 2018

Government consult upon extension of licensing hours for the Royal Wedding.

News: Good Lords 20 Nov 2017

Government is no rush to instigate a radical overhaul of the Licensing Act 2003

News: More Detail on Government’s Response to HoL Committee 07 Nov 2017

Further detail on Government’s Response

News: Government Response to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003 Published 06 Nov 2017

Government responds in detail to the House of Lords Committee’s recommendations

News: The Welsh Government due to announce plans over minimum pricing 23 Oct 2017

The Welsh Government due to announce plans over minimum alcohol pricing

News: Review of a Premises Licence 11 Sep 2017

Top Tips - Being proacting to avoid a Review

Hot drinks at night 19 Jun 2017

Ensure late-night refreshment is allowed

News: Don't Slip Up 19 Jun 2017

Top Tips - a simple four step solution on matters of health

News: Polycarbonate Beer Goggles 07 Jun 2017

A trade-off between safety and customer experience?

News: Overhaul of appeals process 22 May 2017

Will Planning departments be looking at licensing appeals?

Noise Abatement Notice and Review of Premises Licence 08 May 2017

Sounding out noise notices

A Guide to Notices Displayed at Licensed Premises 25 Apr 2017

A detailed guide about how to display notices at a licensed premise

News: Home Office issues revised Licensing Act 2003 Guidance 07 Apr 2017

The Home Office has today published its revised Guidance to the Licensing Act 2003 following recent changes

News: House of Lords Select Committee Report on The Licensing Act 2003 Published 04 Apr 2017

The House of Lords Select Committee on The Licensing Act 2003 publishes its report on the post-legislative scrutiny of the Licensing Act 2003

News: When is a representation not a representation? 27 Mar 2017

Representations against an application must be valid or will not be considered.

News: Policing and Crime Bill 06 Mar 2017

The 2017 act also empowers licensing authorities to revoke or suspend personal licences

News: Do the Merits matter Any More? 13 Feb 2017

Are licensing applications really being treated on their merits?

News: British Summertime Approaches 09 Feb 2017

BST don’t get caught out

News: Home Office announces Second Phase of Local Alcohol Action Areas 30 Jan 2017

33 new regions announced as Local Alcohol Action Areas

News: Intoxication Policy 30 Jan 2017

Top Tips for devising an effective intoxication policy

News: Rateable Values 31 Oct 2016

Licensees can expect confirmed rates in April next year

News: Independent study of evening and night time experience in Nottingham 21 Oct 2016

Poppleston Allen teams up with BID, Police and Crime Commissioner for report

News: Poker's Continued Popularity 17 Oct 2016

Top tips on how to deal with poker games in the correct way

News: Updates to the Policing and Crime Bill 17 Oct 2016

Parliament set mid-October date to debated changes to the Policing and Crime Bill.

News: Clauses for CIP and Levy Amendments to Policing and Crime Bill now available 26 Sep 2016

Amendments to Policing and Crime Bill now uploaded to Government website.

Prevention of Crime and Disorder 19 Sep 2016

Am I at risk of losing my premises licence?

News: War on London’s late night venues or demand for higher standards 19 Sep 2016

Issues faced by Fabric point to a wider problem of how we protect London's night-time economy

News: Late Night Levy to be withdrawn in Cheltenham? 05 Sep 2016

Council commences consultation to stop late night levy

Licensing do’s and don'ts 22 Aug 2016

An essential guide for operators of licenced premises

News: Trying to find the right balance 22 Aug 2016

Is the balance fair between operators, the authorities and the local residents?

News: Most Un-Appealing 25 Jul 2016

Reviews and Apeal processes can be difficult and costly; early intervention is imperative.

Can I use an external seating area? 11 Jul 2016

Can members of my rugby club take drinks onto an external seating area?

News: Tip Tips on the use of CCTV 11 Jul 2016

What are your responsibilities in terms of the data you hold by way of CCTV footage?

News: What will the effect of Brexit be on the Licensing Act 2003? 11 Jul 2016

There are a number of areas which may be affected by Brexit, but any impact will be subject to negotiations between the UK and the EU.

News: Police Powers 30 Jun 2016

The police have powers to close multiple licensed premises to prevent disorder

News: First Line of Defence 23 Jun 2016

Door staff are often the first point of contact for customers when they approach a pub

News: Time for a change 16 Jun 2016

Top Tips on the processes for changing the terms of your premises licence

News: Cheltenham Borough Council take first steps to abandoning the Late Night Levy 13 Jun 2016

Cheltenham Borough Council to introduce a Business Improvement District

News: House of Lords to Report on Licensing Act 2003 10 Jun 2016

Ad-hoc House of Lords Committee to reivew the Act

News: A Measured Approach 03 Jun 2016

Top Tips on ensuring on how to make customers aware of all measures available

News: Search Policies 26 May 2016

Top Tips: Having a good search policy can help your pub stay open

Q & A: Can I trust a cheap wholesaler? 19 May 2016

How do I check if a wholesale is a registered wholesaler?

News: The Lottery of a Licensing Appeal 19 May 2016

Appeal hearings - what you need know.

News: Making Plans for Nigel 05 May 2016

Treat your plans the same way you do your licensed hours and your conditions

News: Further details about Queen’s Birthday extended Hours 27 Apr 2016

Further information about what licensable activities are extended on 10th and 11th June 2016.

News: Victory for the Dice Bar in the face of 404 pages of evidence from the Police 25 Apr 2016

No Action Taken by the Licensing Committee in Police application for Review

News: The Government has announced a confused message about crime and alcohol 22 Apr 2016

Treating alcohol differently to other crimes is not a reasonable or reasoned approach.

News: Trading Patterns 14 Apr 2016

Top Tips on avoiding noise issues

News: How would you describe the model licensee? 07 Apr 2016

Top Tips - qualities to look for in a DPS.

News: Additional Pub Hours for Queen’s Birthday Coinciding with England’s and Wales’ Euro Opener 07 Apr 2016

Stay up for the big kick-off

News: Gambling Act changes cut Lottery red tape 07 Apr 2016

Deregulation of low level lotteries permits raising of charitable funds

News: Noise Impact from Existing Businesses on Residential Developments 31 Mar 2016

Potential noise must be assessed before offices are changed to dwellings

Q & A: Variation of an external area within the red line 24 Mar 2016

Do I need to submit a variation to include an external area?

News: Dealing with Enforcement Action 24 Mar 2016

Top Tips: Cooperating with Licensing and Police Officers will make a difference

News: City Council To Wait On Government Late Night Levy Review 18 Mar 2016

This puts a decision on the Late Night Levy back at least 2 years

News: Cumulative Impact Policies - Onwards, Upwards, Outwards 17 Mar 2016

Cumulative impact policies can be extremely difficult to overcome

Q & A: Legal Highs 03 Mar 2016

What approach should I take to 'legal highs' if discovered on my premises?

Q & A: Personal Licence Expiry Date 25 Feb 2016

Are we ok to ignore the expiry date shown on the personal licence?

News: Policing and Crime Bill 25 Feb 2016

What are the proposed changes?

News: Check before you Serve! 18 Feb 2016

Top Tips: How to avoid underage sales

News: "Fire, Fire" 18 Feb 2016

Avoid facing a trial by fire.

Q & A: What is a Freedom of Information Information Request? 18 Feb 2016

How you make a request?

Q & A: Stake and prize limits for equal chance gaming 15 Feb 2016

What are the limits?

Q & A: Foolish whiskey move sees licence revoked 04 Feb 2016

I made a mistake - should I appeal?

News: Expertise crucial for high-risk task 04 Feb 2016

Bad pint and the importance of Beer Training

News: Temporary Event Notices – New Allowance, Old Rules 28 Jan 2016

More TENs but follow the rules

News: "New" act already 10 years old 10 Dec 2015

Time flies: the Licensing Act split initial opinions

News: Beware of theft from machines 10 Dec 2015

Be vigilant: gaming machine use should be supervised

Q & A: Missed out on changing operating hours 10 Dec 2015

If there are objections to a late TEN, there is no hearing or appeal

News: Take actions to avoid revocations 05 Nov 2015

Top Tips on positive steps to avoiding revocation proceedings

News: Plymouth City Council is the latest Authority to formally consult on introducing the Late Night Levy 03 Nov 2015

Plymouth City Council starts consultation on a Late Night Levy

News: Hope for pubs in noise debate 22 Oct 2015

The Lord Mayor of London's draft guidance on planning could hlep pubs and clubs

News: Reaching out to the masses 15 Oct 2015

Tap into the power of social media

News: London Borough of Camden Late Night Levy Consultation commences 14 Oct 2015

London Borough of Camden to formally consult on introducing the Late Night Levy

News: London Borough of Camden Late Night Levy (news) 09 Oct 2015

London Borough of Camden consultation on the Late Night Levy

News: How to deal with drunken punters 08 Oct 2015

Tops tips: Staff should received training to identify inebriation

News: Little Brother is Watching 08 Oct 2015

Licensees are entitled to install a CCTV system

Q & A: Nightclubs and Personal Licence Holders 08 Oct 2015

Do I need to have two personal licence holders to work at my club?

Q & A: Operating a licence when works not completed 08 Oct 2015

Can I trade under my newly granted licence before the works have been completed?

News: Learn from club's challenge 01 Oct 2015

Early objections have proved fruitful for two London nightclubs.

News: Make sure due diligence is right 24 Sep 2015

Top Tiips on why you and your staff must know the four licensing objectives

Q & A: Variation unsuccessful 24 Sep 2015

What are my options when a minor variation is refused?

News: A game plan for Rugby World Cup 17 Sep 2015

Top Tips on avoiding a potential logistical nightmare and maximising trade

News: Be clear on what the police want 17 Sep 2015

Are you meeting or being interviewed?

Q & A: Student promotions 17 Sep 2015

What points to consider when expanding into the student market

News: The nuisance neighbours 17 Sep 2015

Threat of closure: the onus has always been on music venues

News: The risk of fire hazard rules 17 Sep 2015

Are you fire safety compliant?

Q & A: Conditions request 10 Sep 2015

Do I need to vary my licence?

Q & A: Sound Advice 10 Sep 2015

I have been served with a noice abatement notice - what should I do?

Q & A: Top tips for World Cup TENs 10 Sep 2015

The do's and dont's of issuing Temporary Event Notices

News: Liverpool City Council decide to consult on a Late Night Levy 09 Sep 2015

Liverpool City Council Licensing Committee to consult on a Late Night Levy

News: Liverpool City Council Late Night Levy 04 Sep 2015

Liverpool City Council Licensing Committee to decide on consultation for a Late Night Levy

News: Fighting the cause effect 03 Sep 2015

A representation against a variation must be about the effect of it on the licensing objectives.

News: Keep on top of your paperwork 03 Sep 2015

Ensure your paperwork is in order to avoid enforcement action being taken.

News: Preliminary Decision by European Court on Minimum Unit Pricing of Alcohol in Scotland 03 Sep 2015

The Scottish Courts referred the matter of the legality of minimum pricing of each unit of alcohol in Scotland following a challenge from the Scotch Whisky Association and others.

News: Home Office announces new measures to deal with illegal immigrants. 26 Aug 2015

Operators employing illegal workers could lose licence under proposed legislation.

News: The impact of public health 20 Aug 2015

The work of public health teams will enhance the decision-making process for those applying for licences

Licensed Trade Guide (2017 edition) 14 Aug 2015

Announcing the new Licensed Trade Guide 2017. Written by seven leading solicitors, this handy pocket-sized reference guide helps you understand the basics of how licensing law affects your business.

Q & A: Be in the game on new classifications 06 Aug 2015

Are some gaming machines being reclassified? If so, do I need to change my current permission?

News: Even tougher than before 06 Aug 2015

Is there a hardening of attitudes against the industry?

News: Government rejects £2 cap for FOBT stake limits 17 Jul 2015

Council campaign to reduce stakes on fixed-odds betting terminals rejected

News: Breaking news - Camden's recent levy consultation was only “informal” 09 Jul 2015

The recent levy consultation was informal. A formal consultation may take place later in the year

News: Don't be a noisy neighbour 18 Jun 2015

How to prevent neighbours from being affected by noise from your premises.

News: Outdoor Areas 11 Jun 2015

Top Tips for Marquees and Temporary Bars

News: Staying clear on smoking rules 28 May 2015

Consider nearby residents: smokers can cause noise nuisance in outside smoking areas

News: Box clever when it comes to TENs 21 May 2015

A quick guide to best practice and limits for late TENs

News: Permission to use pavements 23 Apr 2015

Handy points to note of the permissions required

News: Powers of entry code explained 16 Apr 2015

Preliminary observations of the new code which came into force on 6th April 2015

News: The social media minefield 16 Apr 2015

Twitter, Facebook and other similar platforms are now regularly used to debate the merits of licensing applications.

News: Face a licensing hearing and win 09 Apr 2015

Top tiips on evidence and tactics

News: Timescales clearer on deregulations 09 Apr 2015

The most eagerly awaiting provision is the requirement to renew personal licences is abolished

News: Decoding premises licences 02 Apr 2015

Decrypting a premises licences - here are some examples

News: Raising funds for charity 02 Apr 2015

Here are our top tips for raising funds for a charity of your choice

News: Licensing Fees 26 Mar 2015

The Home Office published its response to the consultation on increasing fees payable under the Licensing Act 2003.

News: If music be the food of pubs . . . 19 Mar 2015

PPL and PRS licences are required when playing recorded music in public

News: When it is right to refuse service 19 Mar 2015

Refusing service and denying entry are always tricky issues - here is our overview of the main legal and operational points to bear in mind

News: Beware of the clocks changing 12 Mar 2015

Make sure your premises is in a position to trade legally when the clocks move forward

News: A possible future for pubs? 05 Mar 2015

Looking ahead 'The Pub 2020'

News: An enforcement visit could await 05 Mar 2015

Consider our top tips on a proactive approach to enforcement visits

News: Latest on entertainment law 26 Feb 2015

The emphasis in the future will be even more focused on the effects of alcohol consumption, not the playing of music

News: Variations to the premises licence 26 Feb 2015

Tops tips to consider prior to lodging your variation application

News: Gambling issue far from over 19 Feb 2015

The continued sage of bingo in pubs

News: Austerity affects authorities 05 Feb 2015

When experienced council licensing officers disappear, the process becomes tougher

News: Set the mood for Valentine's Day 05 Feb 2015

Here are our tips to ensure that the path to February 14th runs smoothly

News: Stocking fillers for the new year 11 Dec 2014

Tips which may help you focus and increase the chances of obtaining a satisfactory decision before a Committee

Videos 20 Mar 2014

Information, advice and much more - view all our videos

TENs - Upcoming Event Deadlines 13 Mar 2014

A guide to upcoming events that may require a Temporary Event Notice (TEN)

Q & A: Nomination notice 06 Mar 2014

What is a nomination notice and how does it apply

Case Studies 27 Feb 2014

We've put together a few common scenarios for the licensing industry. Would you know what to do in these situations?

Licence2View 24 Feb 2014

Licence2View is our secure website to check the progress of your applications, highlight issues, manage your licensing, and see the details of all your licences

Premises Application Online 21 Feb 2014

Premises Licence Form

News: RGT announce stage 2 of their gaming machines research 18 Feb 2014

Responsible Gambling Trust announce stage 2 of their gaming machines research

News: Community & Incidental Films to be Deregulated 19 Dec 2013

Goverment to deregulate 'incidental' films, including in pubs and clubs

The Poppleston Allen Guide to Preventing Underage Sales of Alcohol (Teenage Kicks) 06 Dec 2013

Poppleston Allen has produced a revised and updated training pack for operators, called ‘Teenage Kicks’, designed to protect your business from the threat of closure and financial penalties due to rep

The Regulatory Trade Guide 06 Dec 2013

The Regulatory Trade Guide is a handy pocket-sized easy reference tool. It provides some basic guidelines to the areas where difficulty most frequently arises and has easy to read bite-sized chunks

Licensed Premises: Law, Practice and Policy - Second Edition 06 Dec 2013

Poppleston Allen has contributed towards several chapters of the Second Edition of Philip Kolvin's book, Licensed Premises: Law, Practice and Policy.

Potential Development Appraisals 05 Dec 2013

It's not always easy to establish whether a premises will be acceptable for licensed activities

Outside Seating 05 Dec 2013

Outdoor tables and chairs can help you maximise the potential of your business

Listed Building and Conservation Areas 05 Dec 2013

Various regulations cover changes to listed buildings, or properties in conservation areas

External Heaters and Cigarette Bins 05 Dec 2013

Even outdoor heaters and cigarette bins can have planning implications

Awnings, Advertisements and Signage 05 Dec 2013

Business signage and external advertising can both have planning implications

Planning Applications 05 Dec 2013

Our Planning Team can advise you in relation to all planning applications

Planning Appeals 05 Dec 2013

Planning appeals are a vitally important part of the planning process

Our Planning Services 05 Dec 2013

In order to provide our clients with a first class integrated planning service to compliment all of your licensing requirements, Poppleston Allen retains the Consultancy Services of Jonathan Phillips

Introduction to Reviews & Enforcement 05 Dec 2013

How can we help you with your Reviews and Enforcement issues?

Underage Sales 2013 05 Dec 2013

Information on underage sales for alcohol, cigarettes and AWPs

Planning Enforcement Investigations 04 Dec 2013

With a fall in the number of new planning applications, enforcement offers are starting to concentrate on enforcement investigations

Interviews Under Caution 04 Dec 2013

Here's what you need to know about being interviewed while under caution

Health & Safety / Food Safety 04 Dec 2013

Environmental Health officers will carry out inspections of your licensed premises

Corporate Manslaughter 04 Dec 2013

Companies can face prosecution for any fatality within the workplace

Staff Caught Speeding 04 Dec 2013

What should you do if you are caught speeding?

Smoking Problems and Noise 04 Dec 2013

How to manage smoking at your premisis

Food Safety Problems 04 Dec 2013

Here's what you need to know about Food Safety problems at your premises

Health & Safety Problems 04 Dec 2013

Here's what you need to know about Health & Safety issues at your premises

Temporary Event Notices 04 Dec 2013

A Temporary Event Notice, or TEN, is required before carrying out licensable activity on unlicensed premises, or when the activity is outside the scope of an existing licence

Breach of Mandatory Conditions 04 Dec 2013

What happens if you breach the mandatory conditions of your licence?

Breach of Premises Licence Conditions 04 Dec 2013

What should you do if you find yourself in a Breach of Premises Licence Conditions situation?

Breaching Your Licence 04 Dec 2013

Breaching your licence can result in an unlimited fine and/or six months in prison

Doorstaff 04 Dec 2013

Licensees must ensure that their door staff are licensed with the Security Industry Authority

Drugs Awareness 04 Dec 2013

It's important to be on the lookout for both drug users and drug dealers

Drunkenness 04 Dec 2013

It's important not to sell alcohol to someone who appears to be drunk

Due Diligence 04 Dec 2013

Good policies, procedures and training can help provide a Due Diligence defence

Noise 04 Dec 2013

Here's what you need to know about noise issues at your premises

Police Closure Powers 04 Dec 2013

The Police have powers to close a licensed premises to prevent disorder

Reviews 04 Dec 2013

The Licensing Authority can review a Premises Licence at any time

Smoke Free Premises 04 Dec 2013

You must ensure that nobody smokes inside your licensed premises

Trading Standards Weights and Measures 04 Dec 2013

Trading Standards Officers have a wide variety of responsibilities and may well visit your premises.

Q & A: Underage Sales - Failed Test Purchases 04 Dec 2013

What to do if you are notified by the police that your premises have failed two test purchases in the last couple of months.

Variation of a Licence 04 Dec 2013

The plans of the premises form part of the Premises Licence and should be sent out by the Licensing Authority

Licensing in Scotland 03 Dec 2013

There are significant differences between the licensing regime in Scotland and that in England and Wales

Insolvency or Death 03 Dec 2013

When a Premises Licence Holder becomes insolvent, the holder of the licence dies or is no longer entitled to work in the United Kingdom, the transfer of the premise licence can sometimes be overlooked

Absence of a Personal Licence Holder 03 Dec 2013

Authorising your staff to sell alcohol

Designated Premises Supervisor 03 Dec 2013

There must be a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) for all premises selling alcohol

Top Tips for Taking on a New Premises 03 Dec 2013

Here are our hints and tips for anyone taking on on a new licensed premises

Application Fees 29 Nov 2013

Here's our guide to calculating Application Fees

Premises Licences 29 Nov 2013

A range of 'Licensable Activities' will require a Premises Licence

The Live Music Act 2012 29 Nov 2013

Here is what you need to know about hosting live or recorded music at your premises

Pavement Licences 29 Nov 2013

To put tables and chairs outside your premises a number of factors need to be considered to ensure the correct permissions are obtained

Other Forms of Licences 29 Nov 2013

Playing recorded music or showing films/DVDs will require additional licences

Mandatory Conditions 29 Nov 2013

Further changes were made to the mandatory conditions on Premises Licences and Club Premises Certificates on 10th October 2014

Personal Licences 29 Nov 2013

For the first time there are two separate licences; one for an individual and one for the premises.

Hot topic: The Late Night Levy 29 Nov 2013

Here are the things an Operator practically needs to know about the Late Night Levy

Festivals 28 Nov 2013

The ten key points for beer and food festivals, marquees and music festivals

Club Premises Certificates 28 Nov 2013

The Club Premises Certificate is the mainstay of a club's operation

Appeals and Judicial Reviews 28 Nov 2013

You can appeal against the decision of a licensing committee

Cumulative Impact 28 Nov 2013

Licensing Authorities can adopt tougher restrictions in areas where unacceptable levels of crime, disorder or public nuisance have been identified

Hot topic: Early Morning Restriction Orders (EMROs) 28 Nov 2013

An EMRO allows the Licensing Authority to restrict the early morning sale of alcohol if they consider this appropriate for the promotion of the licensing objectives

Lap Dancing 28 Nov 2013

Here's what you need to know about the 'Sexual Entertainment Venue Licence'