Any retail sale of alcohol requires a licence (selling liqueur
chocolates does not require a licence although they may not be sold
to under 16s.)
The supply of alcohol by a club or to a member of a club
requires that the club must have a Club Registration Certificate.
Only qualifying clubs that are suitably constituted, such as
working men's clubs, can make use of such certificates. (see
Club Premises Certificates)
If you include alcohol as part of a ticket price (e.g. cheese
and wine), this is still a retail sale.
Late Night Refreshment
The provision of late night refreshment means the supply of hot
food or drink, between 11.00pm and 5.00am to members of the public
either on or from any premises for consumption either on or off the
premises. Hot means that it has been heated to above ambient
temperature or that, after it has been sold, it can be heated on
the premises. This means that any restaurant, pub, snack bar, chip
shop, 24 hour supermarket, etc supplying hot food after 11.00 pm
needs a Premises Licence.
- where hot food or drink is supplied to members of recognised
- someone staying at a hotel or guest house etc; by an employer
to employees; or guests of the above;
- drinks (not food) from vending machines; free food or drink;
food or drink supplied by registered charities.
Regulated entertainment includes any of the following:
- the performance of a play (this means any piece where a
dramatic role is acted out)
- an exhibition of a film (this means any display of moving
- an indoor sporting event
- boxing or wrestling entertainment
- a performance of live music
- any playing of recorded music
- a performance of dance
- or entertainment of a similar description to live music,
recorded music or dance
- there are some exemptions in respect of live music
Institute of licensing - simple guide to regulated
(Note: The entertainment must take place in
the presence of an audience - however small).
- films shown in museums or art galleries as part of an exhibit,
or for the purposes of advertisement or education
- music, provided it is incidental to a non-licensable activity
e.g. a fashion show
- showing live television programmes
- entertainment, such as music or a play as part of a religious
meeting or service or at a place of public religious worship (e.g.
nativity plays during a service anywhere, choral works or a play in
a church even where not part of a service)
- garden fetes
- Morris dancing (or similar) or a performance of unamplified
live music as an integral part of such dancing
- regulated entertainment provided on vehicles in motion (e.g.
The playing of recorded music that is incidental to other
activities that are not themselves the provision of regulated
entertainment will be exempt. A jukebox in a pub will not
necessarily have to be authorised unless, for instance, a dance
floor is also provided or it is not incidental. A Disc Jockey
playing to a public audience would amount to regulated
entertainment and would therefore need to be authorised.