The Licensing Act 2003 came into force on November 24th 2005 and transformed the way that premises and people operate in relation to the sale of alcohol, entertainment (such as music and dancing), and the ability to sell hot food and drink after 11pm.
The Licensing Act 2003 created four different types of Licences: Personal Licences – granted to an individual. Premises Licences – granted for premises. Club Premises Certificates – granted for premises where qualifying criteria are met and the licensable activities (such as supply of alcohol and entertainment) take place for members of the club and their guests. Temporary Event Notices – allow licensable activities to take place on a one off (temporary) basis.
Businesses, organisations, and individuals who want to sell or supply alcohol in England and Wales must have a licence or other authorisation from a Licensing Authority – usually a local council.