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World Cup Licensing Brief

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This year’s World Cup is being hosted by Russia and starts on 14 June. England are in Group G and the first round matches are:

Monday 18th June 19.00 (GMT) kick-off England V Tunisia
Sunday 24th June 13.00 (GMT) kick-off England V Panama
Thursday 28th June 19.00 (GMT) kick-off England V Belgium

Timings of matches & premises licences:

If you wish to extend your hours to celebrate (hopefully) a win for England following the group stage matches, you will need to check:

  • There may be a ‘non-standard timings’ clause providing for a built-in extension where there is a sporting event of national or international interest. This will usually be found in the ‘permitted activities and timings’ section but is sometimes set out within the conditions to the premises licence, so it is worth checking both.

If not:

  • You will need to lodge a temporary event notice (TEN). You can do this at least 10 clear working days before the above match dates. The latest you can lodge a ‘late TEN’ is 5 clear working days before the event (but not earlier than 9 clear working days). The local council cannot refuse a TEN unless the police or environmental health object to it. If there are any objections to a late TEN, the notice will not be valid and you will not be able to hold the event.If England reaches round 16 following the group stage then the matches are scheduled for 20 July and 03 July both at 19:00 (GMT), so you would have to use a late TEN if you need to extend your hours and have not applied before Monday, 18 June. If you do not apply by Friday, 22nd June you will be too late.

Do you want to show the matches on an outside screen e.g. in a beer garden or smoking shelter?

Showing a match outside does not require a licence as it is a live TV broadcast. If you wish to sell alcohol outside e.g. a bottle bar so that customers do not have to keep going back inside to the bar, you may need to lodge a TEN if your outside area is not licensed for alcohol sales.

If you require further information, you can contact Andrew Cochrane on 01332 226 142 or email him on andrew.cochrane@flintbishop.co.uk.

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