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News: Update: Westminster publishes licensing consultation seeking to introduce alcohol delivery policy 14 Jun 2021

Consultation documents have now been published

News: Westminster seeks to amend Licensing Policy to introduce alcohol delivery policy 09 Jun 2021

Given the rise in delivery services particularly as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic Westminster is consulting on introducing new policies around delivery of alcohol as well as Late Night Refreshment

News: Step 3 in England goes ahead as planned – regulations come into effect on 17th May 16 May 2021

The Government issues Step 3 regulations

News: Yet another Council removes its Cumulative Impact Policy 12 Mar 2021

Following in the footsteps of a number of other councils, the decision was to remove their existing Cumulative Impact Policy as part of their recent Licensing Policy Review

News: Council extends Cumulative Impact Areas 11 Mar 2021

Following Full Council approval of an updated cumulative impact assessment, impact areas have been extended

News: Liverpool City Council becomes latest Authority to remove their Cumulative Impact Policy Areas 04 Feb 2021

Liverpool City Council has made the decision to remove their existing Cumulative Impact Policy as part of their recent Licensing Policy Review

News: England move to National Lockdown from Wednesday 05 Jan 2021

New Guidance and amendment to the Regulations come into effect from 00:01 on Wednesday for England

News: DCMS launches review of gambling legislation 08 Dec 2020

Wide ranging review to be completed to ensure legislation fit for the digital age

News: Government issues updated Guidance for Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services 26 Nov 2020

Revised guidance for England with changes to local restrictions on 2nd December included

News: Planning relaxation for pubs and restaurants to operate as takeaways extended to March 2022 11 Nov 2020

March 2021 expiry date extended by another year

News: What can Licensed Premises do under the new Lockdown 2.0 Regulations? 04 Nov 2020

Summary of the restrictions on Premises from tomorrow

News: Lockdown 2.0 Regulations published 03 Nov 2020

The new Regulations come into force Thursday 5th November

News: NEXSTART Q&As on Coronavirus Regulations and Compliance 16 Oct 2020

Q&As on current compliance issues that have been identified across England

News: London, Essex and others set to move to Tier 2 from Saturday 15 Oct 2020

With London, Essex and other parts of England set to change Tier we set out some useful reminders of what this means for Hospitality businesses

News: Government Guidance has been issued on new Alert level tiered system 13 Oct 2020

The Guidance is to support the Regulations, which are due to come into force tomorrow

News: Three Health Protection Regulations released for new tiered system 12 Oct 2020

The Regulations have been laid before Parliament this evening

News: New restrictions announced in parts of the North East and North West, and a relaxation of the lockdown in Bolton 01 Oct 2020

The measures were announced earlier today, and come into force from Midnight on Saturday 3rd October

News: Bristol consulting on new Cumulative Impact Area around City Centre 01 Oct 2020

The previous 6 Cumulative Impact areas were removed on the 1st August 2020

News: Further Regulation Requiring Decibel Limits For Any Music Played In Relevant Premises 29 Sep 2020

New Regulations On Music and Dancing in Premises

News: New restrictions on indoor inter-household mixing for the North East of England 29 Sep 2020

The current guidance will become enforceable by law in 7 areas from 00:01 tomorrow morning

News: 10 pm curfew and table service for certain premises take effect today 24 Sep 2020

Further restrictions apply

News: New Test and Trace and Social Distancing Regulations for operators 17 Sep 2020

New rules place obligations on licensees

News: Rule of 6 and Test and Trace in England 11 Sep 2020

More change for the public and the hospitality industry

News: The Business and Planning Act 2020 has today received Royal Assent and is in force with immediate effect 22 Jul 2020

This Act makes changes to the Pavement Licence procedure and provides off-sales to all non-exempt Premises till 2300

News: An advisory on Standard Conditions for Fast Track Pavement Licences under the Business & Planning Bill 21 Jul 2020

With the Business & Planning Bill likely to get Royal assent today here are some thoughts on how standard conditions will apply to the new fast track pavement licences

News: Powers given to Local Authorities to regulate premises not observing social distancing 17 Jul 2020

Powers given to Local Authorities to regulate premises not observing social distancing

News: Bristol set to remove all Cumulative Impact Policies 15 Jul 2020

The move has been approved by the full council and is to take effect from 1st August 2020

News: New Regulations permit re-opening in England from 4th July 03 Jul 2020

Bars, pubs and other licensed premises to re-open tomorrow

News: Countdown to Hospitality reopening 03 Jul 2020

With pubs and restaurants set to reopen tomorrow, here is a FAQ’s on compliance and a reminder of pre opening checks

News: Government issues guidance on collecting records for Test and Trace 03 Jul 2020

More detail on how and when customer and visitor data should be collected

News: Business and Planning Bill timetable – an update 01 Jul 2020

New legislation being scrutinised by House of Lords

News: Draft Guidance issued for new Pavement Licence legislation 25 Jun 2020

Further detail provided by government

News: Government introduces new Bill for pavement licences and off-sales 25 Jun 2020

Further relaxation for outdoor food and drink consumption planned in new legislation

News: Government Guidance on Pubs, Bars and Restaurants - some initial thoughts 25 Jun 2020

Our view of some of the main issues raised by the recent guidance

News: Government issues long-awaited COVID Guidance for licensed premises in England 24 Jun 2020

New Government Guidance details steps licensed businesses must take to remain safe

News: Compliance with licence conditions on reopening 23 Jun 2020

With the hospitality industry set to reopen from the 4th of July there are many questions on how to navigate compliance with licence conditions

News: Gambling premises open with Gambling Commission Guidance 15 Jun 2020

Betting shops open, arcades still closed, bingo and casino opening in July

News: Coronavirus: can premises offering off-sales open their toilets? 12 Jun 2020

Information in relation to premises currently offering off-sales and the impact of the Covid-19 regulations on toilet provision.

News: Coronavirus - Understanding off sales 04 Jun 2020

Information and Q&A's in relation to off sales and impact of Covid-19 regulations

News: Coronavirus: Pre-Opening Checklist 15 May 2020

Poppleston Allen’s checklist to reopening your premises

News: Gambling Commission announces LCCP changes for Society Lotteries 06 May 2020

Total proceeds to increase and measures introduced to provide more information to consumers

News: Parliamentary All-Party Betting & Gaming Group commence review of the Gambling Act 2005 06 May 2020

All industry stakeholders invited to participate

News: Coronavirus: LGA guidance issued on managing Licensing during COVID-19 15 Apr 2020

LGA guidance issued on managing Licensing during COVID-19

News: New Government rules on staying at home and away from others published today 23 Mar 2020

The rules were published following the Prime Minister’s speech this evening

News: Government to relax planning rules to allow pubs and restaurants to operate as takeaways 18 Mar 2020

The government will allow all pubs and restaurants to provide hot food takeaways in response to the coronavirus outbreak

News: London Council pulls proposal to adopt the Late Night Levy 18 Mar 2020

The Late Night Levy will no longer be considered at the Full Council meeting this month

News: Online gambling operators reminded of deadline to register and integrate with national online self-exclusion scheme (GAMSTOP) 28 Feb 2020

National self-exclusion scheme mandatory requirement to take effect from 31st March 2020

News: Home Office today announce planned consultation on new anti-terror laws for venues 24 Feb 2020

The proposal is expected to be out for public consultation this Spring

News: PASS Opens New Consultation on Standards for Digital Proof of Age 17 Feb 2020

PASS are seeking views on how digital proof of age should be presented and verified.

News: Government confirms extended hours for licensed premises to mark 75th anniversary of VE Day 13 Feb 2020

The Home Secretary Priti Patel has confirmed licensed premises in England & Wales will be able to open for longer to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day.

News: Online Gambling Operators reminded of obligation to participate in GAMSTOP by 31st March 2020 29 Jan 2020

National online multi-operator self-exclusion scheme mandatory for remote operators

News: Late Night Levy in London deferred due to administrative error 17 Jan 2020

The deferred decision to adopt the Levy to be considered next month

News: Gambling Commission ban gambling on credit cards 14 Jan 2020

The ban will be effective from 14th April 2020

News: Another Late Night Levy in London looms closer 10 Jan 2020

London Borough who deferred the Levy decision look to adopt again

News: Home Office announce planned extension of licensing hours to celebrate VE Day 25 Oct 2019

Proposal to extend hours for pubs clubs and bars

News: The clocks go back this weekend – make sure you are ready! 25 Oct 2019

We may get an extra hour in bed, but how will this affect your premise?

News: Welsh Government announce update on Minimum Unit Pricing 18 Oct 2019

Wales are looking to follow the lead of Scotland and introduce MUP in March next year

News: Liverpool City Council endorses Agent of Change principle 02 Oct 2019

Liverpool supports Agent of Change to protect existing live music venues

News: Final Call for Licensing and Environmental Health Professionals! The IOL and CIEH want your views. 26 Sep 2019

The IOL and CIEH are running a joint survey together for information on special cosmetic treatment regulations. Responses required by 27 September 2019.

News: DCMS response to entertainment statistics consultation 19 Sep 2019

The DCMS has decided to cease publication of entertainment statistics

News: London Borough defers decision on introducing the Late Night Levy. 11 Sep 2019

The introduction of yet another Late Night Levy in London has been deferred until further notice.

News: LGA publishes Licensing Act Handbook for Councillors (England and Wales) 01 Aug 2019

New Guidebook for councillors on Licensing Act

News: Minimum age requirement for National Lottery games under review 18 Jul 2019

Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport issues consultation

News: Gambling Commission report outlines successes and failures during 2018 - 2019 27 Jun 2019

Commission conducted more than 160 regulatory and criminal investigations in the last year.

News: Welsh Minimum Unit Pricing for alcohol to be delayed 19 Jun 2019

EU rules have led to a delay until at least 2020

News: Judicial Review of Hackney Council’s Licensing Policy - Update 06 Jun 2019

Judicial Review has been ‘struck out’.

News: Residents Group given permission for the Judicial Review of Hackney council’s licensing policy 22 Mar 2019

Council’s decision to implement revised policy to be scrutinised

News: Revised tariff fees relating to entertainment with dancing and/or the provision of dance facilities 21 Mar 2019

Specially Featured Entertainment tariff fees increasing on 1 July 2019

News: Update on Welsh minimum unit price for alcohol 15 Feb 2019

Ministers determine that a 50p minimum unit price for alcohol is proportionate.

News: Clocks set for Time Travel (British Summer Time) 15 Feb 2019

In the early hours of Sunday 31st March 2019, the clocks will once again jump forward by one hour

News: Another one! Yet another London Borough is seeking to adopt the Late Night Levy 14 Feb 2019

Yet another London Borough is set to consult on the Late Night Levy

News: Committee of Advertising Practice releases new standards for gambling advertising 13 Feb 2019

Guidance aimed at protecting children and young people

News: Yet another Late Night Levy coming to London? 12 Feb 2019

Another London Borough Council has confirmed they intend to adopt the Late Night Levy to apply to licensed premises which sell alcohol between midnight and 6am.

News: Gambling Commission introduces changes to LCCP 08 Feb 2019

New rules for online operators aiming to make gambling safer and fairer

News: FOBT stake cut to take effect on the 1st April 2019 21 Dec 2018

Regulations published reducing maximum stakes

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 takes action against online casino operators and senior management 29 Nov 2018

Financial penalties of almost £14million imposed on three companies

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: DCMS announces FOBT stake cut from April 2019 14 Nov 2018

Category B2 Gaming Machine stakes to be cut from £100 to £2

News: Alcohol licensing at airports 01 Nov 2018

The Government calls for evidence

News: Revised Hackney Statement of Licensing Policy under challenge from campaign group 24 Oct 2018

Residents group seeks Judicial Review

News: The Welsh Government consults on the Minimum Unit Price draft regulations 28 Sep 2018

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething announces the preferred Minimum Unit Price for alcohol in Wales.

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

Record number attracted to the awards

News: Gambling Commission consult on proposed change to Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice 07 Sep 2018

Changes are aimed at strengthening age and identity verification for online gambling

News: The Public Health (Minimum Price for Alcohol) (Wales) Bill receives Royal Assent 10 Aug 2018

Minimum pricing regime expected to come into force Summer 2019

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: Scottish Government consults on introduction of personal licence renewal fee 17 Jul 2018

The Scottish Government is inviting comments on the proposal to introduce a fee for applying to renew a Personal Licence and, if a fee were to be introduced, what the appropriate fee should be.

News: DCMS consults on lottery reform 02 Jul 2018

Government seeks to support society lottery sector and maximise returns

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: Minimum unit price of alcohol is backed by Scottish Parliament. 26 Apr 2018

Minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Scotland from May 1st 2018

News: Revised Guidance issued by Government 24 Apr 2018

Updated Guidance in light of recent legislation

News: Minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Scotland from May 1st 2018 17 Apr 2018

The Scottish Government has confirmed that there will be no ‘grace period’.

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

Government publishes Draft Order for the Royal Wedding

News: Gambling Commission publishes advice to Government. 19 Mar 2018

Regulator gives recommendations for FOBT stake limits and a package of social responsibility measures.

News: Government Publishes Regulations Prescribing Revised Application Form 28 Feb 2018

Changes to the Application Form to change the Designated Premises Supervisor

News: Consultation on changes to Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice 25 Jan 2018

Proposals considered to promote the fair and open Gambling Licensing Objective

News: Operating Licence condition to prohibit betting on EuroMillions 01 Dec 2017

Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport publishes consultation response

News: Good Lords 20 Nov 2017

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

News: Supreme Court hands down decision on minimum alcohol pricing in Scotland 15 Nov 2017

The UK Supreme Court has today handed down a decision on the Scottish Parliament’s desire to introduce a 50p per unit minimum price for alcohol.

News: Form 696 to be scrapped 10 Nov 2017

Form 696 to be scrapped

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: Government proposes reduced FOBT stakes between £50 and £2 31 Oct 2017

DCMS launches consultation on changes to Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures

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

Door Supervision on Friday and Saturday nights 09 Oct 2017

Supervisory spend can prove costly.

News: Shadow Licences - The Landlord's Safety Net 25 Sep 2017

Can more than one party hold a Premises Licence?

News: Review of a Premises Licence 11 Sep 2017

Top Tips - Being proacting to avoid a Review

News: Are we Headin Back to the Days of Public Entertainment Licences "PELs"? 11 Sep 2017

Inappropriate conditions request

News: Assessment of National Gambling Behaviour published 25 Aug 2017

Gambling Commission issues first comprehensive review since 2010

News: The importance of legal wording on conditions 21 Aug 2017

Often the exact wording of conditions is not possible so give and take is necessary

Extending Trade Area 07 Aug 2017

Can I use my basement area for functions or busy periods?

News: Reducing potential of terrorism at your pub 07 Aug 2017

Top Tips - useful guidelines to follow on reducing violence at licensed premises

News: Do we like pubs or not? 07 Aug 2017

Pubs can bring investment to an entire area

News: Acquisition of premises 24 Jul 2017

Make sure you enquire before you acquire

News: Community and Ancillary Sellers Notices 24 Jul 2017

Who would benefit from CANs?

News: Gambling Commission confirms new enforcement strategy 06 Jul 2017

Full range of powers to be used to raise standards

News: Introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing for Alcohol Expected in Wales 29 Jun 2017

Welsh Assembly expect a minimum pricing legislation within the next 12 months.

News: Online Gambling Operators face enforcement action by the Competition and Markets Authority 26 Jun 2017

CMA concern that online terms and conditions often confusing, unclear and potentially unfair

Hot drinks at night 19 Jun 2017

Ensure late-night refreshment is allowed

News: Late Night Levies 19 Jun 2017

What does the future hold?

News: Polycarbonate Beer Goggles 07 Jun 2017

A trade-off between safety and customer experience?

News: The Noise of Summer 05 Jun 2017

Top Tips - preventative measures for reducing noise nuisance

News: New premises licence granted in Southwark 01 Jun 2017

Objections overturned pave way for new London Hotel Bar

News: London Council’s Levy pulled after successful Judicial Review challenge 25 May 2017

A London Council has pulled the proposed implementation of its Late Night Levy next week following a successful Judicial Review Challenge

Extending my premises 22 May 2017

What do I need to consider?

News: Overhaul of appeals process 22 May 2017

Will Planning departments be looking at licensing appeals?

Environmental Health Investigation of incident at work 08 May 2017

Am I at risk of prosecution?

Noise Abatement Notice and Review of Premises Licence 08 May 2017

Sounding out noise notices

News: Home Office announces change to application procedure 04 May 2017

Home Office provides advice on the amended forms to change a Designated Premises Supervisor

A Guide to Notices Displayed at Licensed Premises 25 Apr 2017

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

Immigration Act 2016 and Crime Act 2017 24 Apr 2017

Clearing up the guidance

News: Temporary Event Notices 24 Apr 2017

Top Tips - what you should consider when planning your TENs

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

Old Embedded Conditions 27 Mar 2017

Do I need to submit a minor variation to remove old embedded conditions?

News: Roof Terrace 27 Mar 2017

Top Tips - how an outside roof area may appeal to your customers

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

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

Q & A: Premises to be leased 27 Mar 2017

My lease is subject to the grant of a Premises Licence

News: Date Announced for Commencement of Changes to the Licensing Act 2003 20 Mar 2017

Date Announced for Commencement of Changes to the Licensing Act 2003

Big Brother Breakdown 06 Mar 2017

Is my licence at risk if part of my CCTV system breaks down?

News: Noise Responsibilities 06 Mar 2017

Top Tips on how to minimise noise impact on neighbours

News: Policing and Crime Bill 06 Mar 2017

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

Notice Requirements 27 Feb 2017

Is my notice defective?

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

Are licensing applications really being treated on their merits?

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

33 new regions announced as Local Alcohol Action Areas

News: What does 2017 hold? 10 Jan 2017

What does 2017 hold in store for the licensed trade?

News: TENs: Plan ahead 02 Jan 2017

Top Tips on how to start the year on the front foot

News: Operating Licence Annual Fees to change in 2017 22 Dec 2016

Gambling Commission confirms fee proposals following consultation

Conviction for Drink Driving 05 Dec 2016

Will this conviction affect my application for a Personal Licence?

Premises Licence Application Advert 28 Nov 2016

Which newspaper is suitable to publish my application notice in?

News: CounterTerrorismUK 22 Nov 2016

Counter-terrorism police & partners launch Counter Terrorism Awareness Week 2016

Dealing with a noise complaint 14 Nov 2016

Local residents are complaining about noise, what should I do?

News: Appeal against decision of Licensing Committee 14 Nov 2016

What are the timescales and what is the procedure?

News: Rateable Values 31 Oct 2016

Licensees can expect confirmed rates in April next year

News: Remote Gambling and Software Technical Standards (RTS) Consultation 26 Oct 2016

Gambling Commission to consult on changes to the RTS

News: Maximum Gaming Machine Stake and Prize Limits to be Reviewed 24 Oct 2016

DCMS announces call for evidence

News: Competition watchdog to investigate online gambling firms for cheating customers 24 Oct 2016

Firms are suspected of offering complex terms and conditions in order to avoid payouts

News: Scottish court backs Scottish Government plan for minimum pricing 24 Oct 2016

Scotland’s drinks industry bid to halt the Scottish Government’s plan for a minimum price on alcohol has been dealt a blow by a new court ruling

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: Beer Gardens and Outside Areas 03 Oct 2016

Top Tips on avoid complaints from residents on the use of beer gardens and outside areas

News: Statement of Licensing Policy (SOLP) 03 Oct 2016

The Statement of Licensing Policy is key in the decision making process.

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.

News: Government clauses tabled on Cumulative Impact Assessments and Late Night Levy 23 Sep 2016

Government clauses amending the Late night levy and placing cumulative impact policies on a statutory footing have been tabled in Parliament today

Prevention of Crime and Disorder 19 Sep 2016

Am I at risk of losing my premises licence?

Variation of Premises Licence - Extending Hours 19 Sep 2016

Local residents may lodge an appeal to the grant of my licence - will I be at risk of having to pay costs?

News: Dangermouse 19 Sep 2016

Top Tips on how to avoid food safety offences

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

Personal licence holders query 05 Sep 2016

How many personal licence holders do I need?

Evidence deadlines for hearings 05 Sep 2016

Can I produce evidence on the day of the hearing?

News: Record and Report 05 Sep 2016

Top Tips - How to ensure your incident book is detailed and complete

Personal Licence and SIA (Security Industry Authority) Licence 22 Aug 2016

Do I need to tell the authorities about an assault charge?

News: Trying to find the right balance 22 Aug 2016

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

Admittance of Children in Pubs 08 Aug 2016

Can I allow children into my pub?

News: Most Un-Appealing 25 Jul 2016

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

News: London Borough of Hackney to consult on introducing a Late Night Levy 21 Jul 2016

Consultation will take place between September to December 2016

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: London Borough of Hackney consider Late Night Levy 05 Jul 2016

London Borough of Hackney to consult on the Late Night Levy this year

News: Lords Committee on Licensing Act 2003 seek your views 01 Jul 2016

Public call for evidence from House of Lords licensing committee, deadline 2 September 2016

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

Change of Use 16 Jun 2016

Which licence do I apply for first: planning or licensing?

News: Time for a change 16 Jun 2016

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

Q & A: No half measures 10 Jun 2016

Have I committed an offence under the weights and measures legislation?

News: That's not music, it's just a noise 10 Jun 2016

Top Tips to help reduce the risk of noise complaints

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

Ad-hoc House of Lords Committee to reivew the Act

Q & A: When door staff numbers do not add up 09 Jun 2016

How do I request a change to a condition in relation to door staff numbers?

Q & A: Licensing Relaxation for the Queen's Birthday 02 Jun 2016

What does the Order cover?

Q & A: Temporary Event Notices 02 Jun 2016

Timescales between events

News: Details of the first successful prosecution for “below cost selling” have been published 31 May 2016

A Gateshead shopkeeper has been convicted of below cost selling in contravention of the mandatory conditions in relation to counterfeit vodka sold at his shop premises.

Q & A: What gaming can take place in my pub? 26 May 2016

Being new to the licensed trade, what do I need to check to ensure I am legally sound for gaming to take place in my pub?

News: Relaxation of Licensing Hours for Queen’s Birthday Now Official 24 May 2016

Draft Order extending Licensing Hours on 10th – 12th June 2016 now made official

News: The Lottery of a Licensing Appeal 19 May 2016

Appeal hearings - what you need know.

Q & A: The 499 People Rule 12 May 2016

I am proposing an event for 800, what should I do?

News: Preparations for the summer weather 12 May 2016

Top Tips - How to make of your outdoor spaces

News: Further Details on the Queen's Birthday Celebrations 12 May 2016

Two hour extension available to licensed premises on each day

Q & A: Can I serve drinks from a camper van? 05 May 2016

What permissioon do I need?

News: Alfresco Entertainment 05 May 2016

Top Tips: How to get the best from your beer garden

News: Making Plans for Nigel 05 May 2016

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

News: Draft Order relaxing licensing hours for Queen’s Birthday now approved by Parliament 05 May 2016

The draft Order relaxing licensing hours has now been approved

Q & A: Lost Personal Licence 28 Apr 2016

How do I apply for a new one?

News: Licensing Authority's Role in the Crime and Prevention licensing Objectives 28 Apr 2016

The authority's role is not to establish guilt or innocence

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: 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: Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) issues three year strategy 19 Apr 2016

Agenda issued to reduce gambling-related harm

News: Employing Illegal Workers in Licensed Premises 15 Apr 2016

High Court restore Licensing Authority Decision to Revoke Premises Licence

There's a rat in the kitchen 14 Apr 2016

EHO wants me to close my kitchen - what do I do?

News: Trading Patterns 14 Apr 2016

Top Tips on avoiding noise issues

News: Who is really responsible for Personal Responsibility? 14 Apr 2016

Some see the alcohol industry akin to the new sugar tax.

News: Government Issues Draft Regulations Extending Hours for Queen’s Birthday 14 Apr 2016

Extension of hours for on-licences on 10th and 11 June 2016

Q & A: Premises Licence and Insolvent / Dissolved Companies 07 Apr 2016

Is there a risk that the premises licence could have lapsed?

News: Liverpool City Council’s full Committee reach a determination on their Late Night Levy proposal 24 Mar 2016

Liverpool City Council have today considered the proposal as to whether to adopt a Late Night Levy for all those premises with the ability to sell alcohol between the hours of midnight and 6 am.

News: Dealing with Enforcement Action 24 Mar 2016

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

News: Late Night Levy – An update 24 Mar 2016

Could there be a sensible alternative to the Late Night Levy?

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

Q & A: Live Music Act 17 Mar 2016

Can I ignore a condition on my licence?

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

Cumulative impact policies can be extremely difficult to overcome

Q & A: Breach of use of external areas 10 Mar 2016

Will I lose my licence?

News: Royal Birthday Wishes 10 Mar 2016

Top Tips to consider for Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations

News: British Summertime 08 Mar 2016

Top tips on how to switch safely to summer hours

News: Council decide to postpone a decision on levy consultation 04 Mar 2016

A Licensing Committee has decided not to proceed at this stage with a consultation on whether to adopt a late night levy.

News: This is the way we like to do it here 03 Mar 2016

Each case must be reviewed on its individual merits.

News: Another London Authority is consulting on introducing a Late Night Levy 29 Feb 2016

Tower Hamlets has begun consultation on the introduction of a Late Night Levy

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?

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

How you make a request?

News: Know the details before you purchase 15 Feb 2016

Top Tips on what to consider when acquiring new premises to trade as a licensed venue

News: Planning Permission Pitfalls 15 Feb 2016

Apply early: you may have to wait before a decision is made

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

More TENs but follow the rules

News: Council to reconsider EMRO? 25 Jan 2016

If approved, licensed premises would have to cease selling alcohol at 02:00

News: Cheltenham Borough Council Late Night Levy Update 18 Jan 2016

Why Cheltenham’s Late Night Levy Might Be Coming to An End

News: New Temporary Event Notice application form issued 14 Jan 2016

15 TENs can now be issued per premises and a revised form must be used from the 2nd February

News: You can now run more events 04 Jan 2016

Latest news about the number of Temporary Events Notices allowed to be issued each year

News: Minimum alcohol pricing 23 Dec 2015

The European Court of Justice releases its decision on Scotland’s minimum unit pricing

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

Time flies: the Licensing Act split initial opinions

News: London’s 3rd Late Night Levy now a step closer 08 Dec 2015

Here is news about the third Late Night Levy voted for adoption in London

News: Latest information about how the AWRS might affect you 02 Dec 2015

Here's the latest information about how the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme affect you

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

Q & A: Tenant will not consent to licence transfer 22 Oct 2015

Where does this leave me with regards to the operation of the premises and the premises licence?

Q & A: What's the rule on pavement furniture? 15 Oct 2015

Do different local authorities have different rules on tables and chairs on the pavement?

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: 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?

Q & A: Application for designated premises supervisor 01 Oct 2015

Can I be a designated premises superviser at two premises?

News: Learn from club's challenge 01 Oct 2015

Early objections have proved fruitful for two London nightclubs.

Q & A: Variation unsuccessful 24 Sep 2015

What are my options when a minor variation is refused?

News: The nuisance neighbours 17 Sep 2015

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

Marriage or Civil Partnership Licences 15 Sep 2015

'I do' - but make sure your venue is licensed.

Special Treatments Licence 15 Sep 2015

If you would like to offer special treatments here are some handy tips to consider

Q & A: Conditions request 10 Sep 2015

Do I need to vary my licence?

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

Q & A: Handing out of gig night flyers not authorised 03 Sep 2015

Depending upon the type of promotional material you are distributing, you could be committing an offence.

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.

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.

News: Hackney Council Postpones Licensing Policy Consultation until 2016 13 Aug 2015

Hackney Council will continue with its current policy and re-consult on a new licensing policy in 2016

Q & A: Live Music Conditions 06 Aug 2015

Licensing Partner James Anderson Looks at Live Music Conditions

When is it Appropriate to Impose Conditions 06 Aug 2015

Licensing Partner James Anderson Looks at When is it Appropriate to Impose Conditions on a Licence

When we will get news on minimum pricing? 06 Aug 2015

Have the Welsh government set a minimum unit price for alcohl?

Hot topic: Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 03 Aug 2015

A useful overview of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

What to expect after a failed test purchase 23 Jul 2015

My employee failed a test purchase operation carried out by the police and trading standards authority - what will happen now?

For the Summer Only? Don’t Hold your Breath 22 Jul 2015

There article looks at the “voluntary scheme” introduced in Newquay and Truro, where 21 licensed premises have signed up to a scheme to introduce breathalyser tests on entry.

Wales consults on alcohol minimum unit pricing 15 Jul 2015

The Government of Wales has proposed a new law to introduce a minimum price of 50p per unit of alcohol.

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

Q & A: Outside drinking rules 09 Jul 2015

I have a table and chairs licence, but do I need to vary my licence to allow my customers to drink outside?

News: Brighton & Hove Late Night Levy Consultation 03 Jul 2015

Brighton & Hove City Council Licensing Committee, following a request from Sussex Police, consider consultation for Late Night Levy.

Q & A: Bike race is set to pass my beer garden 25 Jun 2015

Do I need a temporary event notice for my customers to drink outside?

Q & A: Game on for pub's machine permit transfer 25 Jun 2015

I am selling my pub, do I need to arrange to transfer my existing LPGMP?

Licensing authority has refused layout wish 23 Jun 2015

Do the proposed alterations to my premises really undermine the licensing objectives?

Q & A: Getting permission for a marquee 22 Jun 2015

Can customers take their drinks outside the marquee?

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

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

News: Impact of the late-night levy 11 Jun 2015

What do Cheltenham and Newcastle have in common?

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: Helping you fully understand your powers and duties in a licensing hearing 19 May 2015

Specialist Training for Licensing Councillors, Licensing Committee Members and people within local authorities only

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

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

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: Planning ahead 12 Feb 2015

Top tips on your approach in attempting to obtain planning permission for changes made under relaxed planning rules

News: Austerity affects authorities 05 Feb 2015

When experienced council licensing officers disappear, the process becomes tougher

News: Personal licence quandary 29 Jan 2015

The unanswered questions

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)

News: UPDATE 2 - Sexual Entertainment Venue Licences 10 Mar 2014

Leeds Administrative Court confirm that cases in relation to two Sexual Entertainment Venue Licences have now concluded

News: Failed Test Purchase 06 Mar 2014

A member of my staff failed a test purchase operation

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?

News: 'Neknomination' and the Mandatory Conditions 17 Feb 2014

Licensees should be vigilant against Neknomination craze

News: UPDATE - Sexual Entertainment Venue Licences 17 Feb 2014

High Court proceedings update and Private Members Bill proposing further regulation

News: Home Office Announces 20 Local Alcohol Action Areas 13 Feb 2014

Government announces project aimed at tackling 'the harmful effects of irresponsible drinking' in certain areas

News: Home Office Issues Consultation on Locally - Set Licensing Fees 13 Feb 2014

Government Consults on locally set licensing fees

News: Neighbours and Noise 13 Feb 2014

I wish to vary my licence to include recorded music

News: Islington Late Night Levy Update 07 Feb 2014

Islington Council will determine the fate of the Late Night Levy on February 27th 2014

News: Noise From Residents 06 Feb 2014

What action can I take if residents regularly cause noise issues?

News: New initiatives for base pricing of alcohol 05 Feb 2014

Alcohol pricing structure to be in place for World Cup

News: Prime Minister intervenes on Later Opening for the World Cup 04 Feb 2014

Home Office to launch a consultation on extended hours for pubs during England matches in this Summer's World Cup in Brazil

News: Leeds City Council Executive Board Reject Late Night Levy 19 Dec 2013

Late Night Levy is rejected by Leeds City Council's Executive Board

News: Nottingham City Council to Consult on Late Night Levy 17 Dec 2013

Nottingham City Council are to become the latest authority to formally consult on the Late Night Levy

News: Three Lap Dancing Venues in Leeds Forced to Close 09 Dec 2013

Three lap dancing venues in Leeds forced to close following decision of the City Council

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.

Licensing Act 2003 Training for Licensing Committee Members – DVD 06 Dec 2013

Poppleston Allen has developed a visual training course, which can be provided to Committee members to view at their convenience

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 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

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

News: Latest Licensing Act Research Published 02 Dec 2013

Latest Research on the effects of the Licensing Act 2003 Reveals no change in crime figures

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'

News: Parents Targeted on Underage Drinking? 22 Nov 2013

Cross-Party Think Tank DEMOS feels that stronger penalties are in order in respect of underage drinking.

News: Hope and Glory is Confimed 15 Nov 2013

Hope and Glory Confirmed - Courts Must be Satisfied that Local Authorities got it wrong to allow appeal.

News: Leeds City Council Limits Number of SEV Premises Licences 15 Nov 2013

Leeds City Council's new Statement of Licensing Policy sets cap for SEVs

News: Islington Council Commence Late Night Levy Consultation 13 Nov 2013

Islington Council launches consultation on proposals to adopt a Late Night Levy

News: Milton Keynes Full Council Reject Late Night Levy 24 Oct 2013

Milton Keynes Full Council last night agreed to reject proposals to introduce a Late Night Levy.