The Deregulation Act 2015 received Royal Assent on the 26 March 2015. We now have the commencement dates for the amendments being made to the Licensing Act 2003.
From the 1 April 2015, the requirement to renew Personal Licences has been abolished. Anyone with a Personal Licence expiring after this date will not need to renew their Personal Licence.
The offence of selling liquor confectionary to children under sixteen will be repealed with effect from the 26 May 2015 and after that date, a person of any age can buy liqueur confectionary in England and Wales.
The requirement to report lost or stolen Licences to the Police before applying for duplicates is to be abolished with effect from the
26 May 2015.
The limit on the number of temporary events that can be held at a single premises is to increase from 12 to 15 per year from the 1 January 2016 and the changes to regulated entertainment will take effect from the 6 April 2015.
So from the 6 April :
- Live unamplified music is deregulated between 08:00 and 23:00 on any premises.
- Live amplified music on Licensed premises is deregulated between 08:00 and 23:00 provided the audience does not exceed 500 (previously 200).
- Recorded music is deregulated between 08:00 and 23:00 in On Licensed premises provided the audience does not exceed 500 (deregulation of recorded music does not, however, apply to workplaces e.g. beer gardens).
In summary, what remains licensable after the 6 April is any entertainment after 23:00, most forms of entertainment in the presence of an audience of more than 500 and any sexual entertainment.
Should you have any queries or concerns or require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Andrew Cochrane or Karen Cochrane on 01332 226 151.