A guide to alcohol licensing (or liquor licensing).
The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 enables territorial authorities to create local alcohol policies (LAPs).
Alcohol bans are usually introduced because of concern about disorderly behaviour and criminal offending linked to the consumption of alcohol in public places. An alcohol ban prohibits the possession or consumption of alcohol in certain locations and at certain times.
Several licensing bodies and regulatory agencies have a statutory role in ensuring licensed premises comply with the law including ARLA, DLCs, Police, Medical Officer of Health, LIcensing Inspector and the Fire Service.
District licensing committees (DLCs) are set up under the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 and are administered by your local council. DLCs are independent decision-making bodies and make decisions about on-licences, off-licences, club and special licences, and managers’ certificates.
Call the Alcohol Drug Helpline on 0800 787 797, visit their website, or free txt 8681.