The Licensing Act of 2003 established a single integrated scheme for licensing premises which are used for the sale or supply of alcohol, to provide regulated entertainment, or to provide late night refreshment. Permission to carry on some or all of these licensable activities is contained in a single licence — the premises licence. Key measures contained in the Act include:


Flexible opening hours

Flexible opening hours for licensed premises, with the potential for up to 24 hour opening, seven days a week, are now available. As well as the flexibility, the granting of these new type of licences is subject to consideration of the impact on local residents, businesses, and the expert opinion of a range of authorities in relation to the licensing objectives.


Premises licences

The single integrated premises licence, bringing together the six existing licensing regimes (for alcohol, public entertainment, cinemas, theatres, late night refreshment houses, and night cafés) with the intention of cutting down on bureaucracy and simplifying such provision.


Personal licences

A new system of personal licences relating to the supply of alcohol which enable holders to move more freely between premises where a premises licence is in force.


The application is made to the local council in whose area the premises are situated.