The Deregulation Act 2015
The Deregulation Act 2015 (“The Deregulation Act”) gained Royal Assent on 26 March 2015. This introduced the following changes:
The requirement to renew personal licenses has been abolished with effect from 1 April 2015. This means that those expiring on or after this date will continue to have effect and the expiry date listed is no longer relevant.
The requirement to report lost or stolen licenses to the police before applying to the local authority for a replacement is abolished from the 26th May 2015.
Temporary Event Notices
From 1 January 2016 the number of Temporary Event Notices that can be applied for at a premises will increase from 12 to 15 in a calendar year.
Offences under the Act
The offence of selling liqueur confectionery to children under the age of 16 is abolished from the 26th May 2015.
Amendments to Mandatory Conditions - 1 October 2014
As of 1 October 2014 a number of mandatory conditions that apply to every Premises Licence and Club Premises Certificate in England and Wales have been amended. The wording of these conditions be found within The Licensing Act 2003 (Mandatory Licensing Conditions) (Amendment) Order 2014. The Home Office have also produced some Guidance Notes to assist licensees and this can be viewed here - www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-mandatory-licensing-conditions.
New Mandatory Condition for Minimum Price of Alcohol - 28 May 2014
On 28 May a new mandatory condition came into effect which bans the sale of alcohol at a price which is less than the cost of the Duty paid plus VAT on that alcohol. This condition applies to every Premises Licence and Club Premises Certificate in England and Wales that permits the sale or supply of alcohol, whether on or off the premises.
Different rates of duty apply to different types of alcohol and the Home Office have produced Guidance Notes and a 'calculator' to assist licensees in ensuring that the price at which alcohol is sold will not breach this licence condition. See the 'calculator' and guidance notes on GOV.UK. The Order and wording of the condition can be found within The Licensing Act 2003 (Mandatory Conditions) Order 2014.