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Offences under Licensing Act 2003 – Qualifying Clubs

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There are a number of offences that can be committed under the Licensing Act 2003.

Council or Police officers can prosecute persons for any of these offences. Cases can be dealt with by way of a formal caution or in the Magistrates Court. The Court may also order the forfeiture of a Personal Licence, or suspend it for up to six months. If you are convicted of an offence, the Police may also raise objections to you holding a Personal Licence, and the Council can hold a hearing to consider whether your Personal Licence should be revoked.

Qualifying Clubs

Offence Person who commits
the offence
Defence to the charge Max penalty
Failing to notify the Council of any alterations to the name, or the rules, of the Club Secretary of the Club No defence available £500.00
Failing to notify the Council of cessation of authority to use the relevant registered address Secretary of the Club Reasonable excuse £500.00
Failing to give the Council the Club Premises Certificate when requiring to do so for updating etc Secretary of the Club Reasonable excuse £500.00
Failing to keep the Certificate (or certified copy) on the premises in the custody of the “nominated person” Secretary of the Club Reasonable excuse £500.00
Failing to ensure a summary of the Certificate (or a certified copy) AND a notice of the nominated person’s position is
prominently displayed
The nominated person Reasonable excuse £500.00
Failing to produce the Certificate or certified copy when asked to do so by a constable or authorised person Any person Reasonable excuse £500
Obstructing an authorised person or constable wishing to enter and inspect on application for grant, variation or review Any person No defence available £500.00


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