The change in time in the UK, which is commonly known as British Summer Time, often catches licence holders and designated premises supervisors by surprise and often results in loss of valuable trading hours.
When is British Summer Time?
In the UK, the clocks go forward by one hour at 01:00 on the last Sunday of March, this marks the start of British Summer Time. The clocks then go back by one hour at 02:00 on the last Sunday in October, marking the end of British Summer Time.
What should licence holders and designated premises supervisors do to prepare for the clock changes?
It is worthwhile reviewing your premises licence to establish whether the clock changes impact your business operations.
If you are licensed beyond 01:00 on the morning of the last Sunday of March, you will need to have a non-standard timing provision in your premise licence which extends your operational time by one hour when British Summer Time starts to ensure that you do not lose an hours’ trade.
If your premise licence does not have such a non-standard timing provision, you can apply for a temporary event notice or apply to amend your premises licence to include a non-standard timing provision.
If you are not licensed beyond 01:00, you do not need to do anything more than remembering to change your clocks.
What should I do next?
If you are looking to apply for a temporary event notice or apply to vary your premises licence, seeking expert licensing legal advice will save you time and resource. Contact our licensing solicitors now for support on 01332 340 211 or email LicensingDept@flintbishop.co.uk.