On 05 November 2015, the Licensing Act 2003 (Late Night Refreshment) Regulations will come into force.
The Late Night Refreshment Regulations enable a Local Authority to exempt a number of prescribed premises from the requirement to obtain a licence for late night refreshment. The list includes motorway service areas, premises used for the retailing of petrol or derv, licensed premises, school and local authority premises where no more than 500 people are present, community premises and hospitals subject to certain requirements.
The Authority can also decide to exempt premises within a certain area from the requirement to licence late night refreshment and could also change the hours during which premises would require a Licence, enabling them to relax those hours to a greater extent. You will note that currently a Licence is required for premises providing late night refreshment between 23:00 and 05:00.
Essentially, we now have the list of premises that could be exempted and we will need to wait to find out from Licensing Authorities whether they are proposing to designate any areas or premises to be exempted from the requirement to be licensed for hot food or hot drinks.
For further information, please contact our Alcohol & Entertainment Licensing team on 01332 340 211.