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URGENT MESSAGE TO BUSINESSES / TRADERS / LICENCE HOLDERS & THE GENERAL PUBLIC:

Latest Coronavirus / COVID-19 Guidance issued by the Government (26th March 2020) to all businesses as to whether they should be open or closed can be found here.

The revised Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closure) (England) Regulations 2020 came into force at 14:00 hours on 26th March 2020. The following businesses are now required not to sell food or drink for consuming on the premises (this includes external areas where seating is provided – but not to any takeaway provisions offered) (this is not the full list of businesses as this list relates to venues where a licence / permit / registration is in force):
  • Restaurants (save for food delivery and takeaway services), including restaurants and dining rooms in hotels or members clubs.
  • Cafes, including workplace canteens, but not including:
    • cafes or canteens at a hospital, care home or school;
    • prison and military canteens;
    • services providing food or drink to the homeless.
  • Bars, including bars in hotels or members’ clubs.

The following businesses must remain closed:

  • Public houses (save for provision of food delivery / takeaway services off-sales of alcohol).
  • Bingo halls, Betting Shops, Casinos.
  • Concert halls, Theatres, Cinemas (though live streaming via of a performance by a small group is permitted if social distancing is observed).
  • Museums and galleries.
  • Betting shops.
  • Massage parlours.
  • Hair, Beauty, Nail Salons
  • Tattoo, Piercing Parlours
  • Spas.
  • Gyms, Fitness Studios, Leisure Centres, Sports Courts, Sports Pitches.
  • Arcades, Bowling Alleys, Soft Play Centres.
  • Skating rinks.
  • Outdoor and Indoor Markets (save for grocery and food).
  • Street Trading (save for food stalls).

The closure lasts until further notice. The legislation supporting these instuctions can be found here.

Businesses found not to be adhering to the above closure requirement may face significant enforcement measures (unlimited fine and the possible loss of any licence held).

Please adhere to the closure request, as your health, the health of your friends and family, and the health of everyone is of utmost importance during these difficult times. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

 

PLEASE NOTE: SINCE MONDAY 23RD MARCH 2020 THE COUNCIL OFFICES HAVE BEEN CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST NEED TO BE SUBMITTED EITHER ELECTRONICALLY TO: licensing@ashfield.gov.uk;

OR POSTED TO: LICENSING TEAM, COUNCIL OFFICES, KIRKBY IN ASHFIELD, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE, NG17 8DA.

FOR FURTHER ADVICE PLEASE CALL: 01623 457589 / 01623 457364 / 01623 457513 - IF A TELEPHONE IS NOT ANSWERED PLEASE TRY ONE OF THE ALTERNATIVE NUMBERS, OR EMAIL US AT: licensing@ashfield.gov.uk 

We apologise for any inconvenience this causes our customers, however, we do appreciate your understanding at this difficult time.

 

The Licensing Act 2003 is in place to regulate the sale / supply of alcohol, the provision of "regulated" entertainment, and the provision of late night refreshment.

Under the Act, Licensing Authorities, of which Ashfield is one, must carry out their functions with a view to promoting the four licensing objectives, along with our Statement of Licensing Policy.

 

The four licensing objectives are:

  • The prevention of crime & disorder
  • Public Safety
  • The prevention of public nuisance
  • The protection of children from harm

The Licensing Act can be viewed at the Office of Public Sector Information.

Why do I need a licence?

Since the introduction of the Licensing Act in November 2005, anyone who wants to carry out a licensable activity needs a licence to do so.  Licensable activities are defined as:

  • The sale by retail of alcohol
  • The supply of alcohol by or on behalf of a club or to the order of a member of the club
  • The provision of regulated entertainment, namely:
    • Plays
    • Films
    • Indoor Sporting Events
    • Boxing or Wrestling Entertainment
    • Live Music
    • Recorded Music
    • Performances of Dance
    • Entertainment of a similar description to Live Music, Recorded Music or Performances of Dance.
  • The provision of late night refreshment.
    • This is the supply of hot food or drink to members of the public, on or from the premises, whether for consumption on or off the premises, between the hours of 11.00pm and 5.00am. (If you are selling food you will also need to registered as a Food Business with the local Environmental Health Team).

Most pubs, clubs, bars, restaurants, hotels, cinemas, theatres and private members clubs will need a licence.

There are four main types of licence/certificate/notice, namely:

  • Personal Licence
    • A Personal Licence is required by a person who supervises the sale of alcohol in accordance with the Licensing Act.  It is portable and is issued by the Licensing Authority in which the applicant lives at the time of making the application.  The requirement to renew a personal licence was removed from the Licensing Act 2003 by the Deregulation Act 2015.
  • Premises Licence
    • This licence relates to the premises and enables licensable activities to take place at that particular premises.  Where alcohol is a licensable activity at the premises, there must be a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS).  The DPS must hold a current Personal Licence.  The cost of the premises licence is dependant on the non-domestic rateable value of the premises.
  • Club Premises Certificate
    • This certificate relates to premises that are clubs by nature, usually social clubs or private members clubs, where membership is a requirement of being in the premises.  There is no requirement for a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) in this type of premises.
  • Temporary Event Notice
    • This allows you to use the premises, for one or more licensable activities, for a period not exceeding 168 hours.  A minimum of 24 hours is required between each event and no more than 15 days can be applied for in any one calendar year. The fee for each notice is £21.00.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate in contacting a member of the Licensing Team.