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Licensing Act 2003

Information on the Licensing Act 2003

The Licensing Act 2003 combined the previous systems of licensing  the sale of alcohol, the provision of public entertainment, the displaying of films, performances of plays and the provision of late night refreshment  into one single system, and made the Local Authorities (District, Borough or Unitary Councils) the Licensing Authority responsible for issuing a single form of licence, called a Premises Licence. At the same time the Licensing Act transferred the responsibility for licensing clubs from the Licensing Magistrates to the Licensing Authority, making them also responsible for issuing Club Premises Certificates.

Licences that were originally issued prior to 24 November 2005 qualified for  Embedded Conditions and these remain in place embedded unless they have been removed by variation.

The Licensing Act also creates what is known as a Personal Licence,( which allows a holder to sell or authorise the sale of alcohol from licensed premises), abolished the concept of fixed licensed hours for the sale of alcohol and made late night takeaways licensable for the first time.


More information

  1. Information on the Licensing Act 2003 (you are here)
  2. Activities covered under the Licensing Act 2003