What Are Licensing Objectives


What are the 4 Licensing Objectives

The fundamental principles of the licensing act 2003 are the licensing objectives.

All organisations and individuals involved in the licensing process must carry out their functions or run their businesses with a view to promoting the licensing objectives.

They are all of equal importance and must be promoted at all times

  • Prevention of crime and disorder.
  •  Public safety.
  •  Prevention of public nuisance.
  •  Protection of children from harm

All actions and decisions of the authority must be designed to promote these objectives and all operators of licensed premises are expected to take steps to promote these licensing objectives.

What are the Licensable Activities

The activities regulated under the Act are known as ‘licensable activities’. They are:

  • The sale of alcohol by retail
  • The supply of alcohol in club premises
  •  The provision of regulated entertainment
  •  The provision of late night refreshment.

A licensable activity may only take place if authorised by and in accordance with an appropriate premises licence, TEN or club premises certificate.

Authorisation must be obtained before any licensable activity can take place. Undertaking an unauthorised licensable activity is punishable with an unlimited fine and/or 6 months imprisonment.

The sale of alcohol by retail

The sale of alcohol is any sale that is made to a member of the public for their own/family/friends consumption.

Premises where the sale of alcohol by retail takes place, must have a valid premises licence with a  named designated premises supervisor (DPS) who holds a personal licence.

The supply of alcohol in club premises

Where certain premises have the benefit of a club premises certificate, the supply of alcohol takes place and it remains a licensable activity.

Technically the members of the club already own the alcohol and therefore it is not classed as a sale.

There are particular criteria to be followed to be granted such a certificate, which include not operating for profit, membership criteria and club rules.

Examples of club premises include working men’s clubs, sports and social clubs and some British Legion clubs. As there are no sales of alcohol there is no requirement to have a personal licence holder and therefore no designated premises Supervisor in place.

Provision of regulated entertainment

 Regulated entertainment comprises providing certain entertainment for an audience or spectators.

The following activities are classed as entertainment:

  • Performance of a play where any or all of the following apply:
  • There is an audience of more than 500 people.
  •  The performance takes place before 8am.
  •  The performance takes place after 11pm.
  • Exhibition of a film (but not educational films shown in schools).
  • Indoor sporting event (excluding boxing or wrestling) where any one or more of the following apply:
    • There is an audience of more than 1,000 people.
    • The performance takes place before 8am.
    • The performance takes place after 11pm.
  • Boxing or wrestling entertainment, whether indoor or outdoor, including combined fighting sports where boxing or wrestling is combined with one or more martial arts.
  • Performance of live music or the playing of recorded music under certain circumstances (see below for exceptions to this).
  •  Performance of dance, where any one or more of the following apply:
    • There is an audience of more than 500 people
    • The performance takes place before 8am.
    • The performance takes place after 11pm.

Provision of late night refreshment

The provision of hot food or hot drink to the public for consumption on or off the premises between 11pm and 5am is a licensable activity.

Many businesses will provide late night refreshment as a secondary licensable activity and will already hold a premises licence, however a premises licence will be required for those not otherwise licensed to supply alcohol but they provide late night refreshment, such as: Takeaways, late night cafes, burger vans.

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