A couple of points to think about on the run-up to Easter.
This year the clocks move forward on Sunday 31 March which is Easter Sunday.
The Bank Holiday weekend runs from Good Friday on the 29 March through to Bank Holiday Monday on the 1 April.
You need therefore to check your Licence to make sure you are properly Licensed because two issues could arise.
Firstly the clocks change at 01.00. Consequently, if you have a Licence which allows you to open until 02.00 and after you could potentially lose an hours trading because at 01.00 the time will automatically become 02.00. Many Licences contain a British Summertime saving but we have known the Police and Licensing Enforcement Authorities to take the point and force premises to close. Check your Licence and if there is not an appropriate provision apply for a temporary event notice.
As it is also the Bank Holiday weekend you may, in any event, wish to consider additional hours which may not be provided for in your Licence although again many Licences do allow longer opening particularly on Bank Holiday Sundays.
Firstly therefore and most importantly check your Licence to see what you are allowed to do. If you breach your Licence conditions including as to time this could render you liable for prosecution and a fine of up to £20,000.00 with the possibility of your Personal Licence being brought into jeopardy (if you have one).
If your Premises Licence does not adequately cover the situation you should apply for a Temporary Event Notice.
A standard Temporary Event Notice can be applied for on ten clear working days notice which means the last date for an applying for a Temporary Event Notice will be Thursday 14 March.
You now have the ability to apply for a Temporary Event Notice on short notice by giving five clear working days notice meaning the last day for the application would be Thursday 21 March.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Andrew Cochrane on 01332 226151.