Consultation ends May 1st have your say
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government introduced a number of temporary changes to the Licensing Act 2003. These changes included allowing premises that only had a licence to sell alcohol on-site to also sell alcohol off-site, and increasing the number of temporary event notices (TENs) that could be issued each year.
The government is now consulting on whether these temporary changes should be made permanent. The consultation is open to all interested parties, including businesses, local authorities, the police, and members of the public.
The consultation document sets out the government's proposals in more detail. It also includes a number of questions that the government would like people to consider. The consultation will run for 8 weeks, and the government will publish a response in due course.
The government's proposals are as follows:
* To make the temporary change to the Licensing Act 2003 that allows premises that only have a licence to sell alcohol on-site to also sell alcohol off-site permanent.
* To increase the number of TENs that can be issued each year from 15 to 20.
* To make it easier for businesses to apply for a premises licence.
* To improve the way that the Licensing Act 2003 is enforced.
The government believes that these changes will help to support the hospitality sector and the wider economy, while also protecting communities from harm. The government is keen to hear the views of all interested parties on these proposals.