Government looking at proposals to streamline Licensing Act

05 August 2008 by
Government looking at proposals to streamline Licensing Act

The Government is consulting with publicans on reforms to the Licensing Act which would make it easier for licensees to make minor changes to the terms of their licence.

However any changes to the terms of the licence must not affect the licensing objectives and must not involve alcohol.

The streamlined process would see selected premises nominate a management board or committee to replace the full-time responsibilities placed on the premises licence holder.

A committee applying for minor changes, such as a small-scale refurbishment, would also pay a reduced flat rate of £73, which the Government claims will save licensees £2.5m a year.

Licensing Minister Gerry Sutcliffe said: "We have listened carefully to the views of licence holders and come up with a set of proposals that will lead to a significant reduction in cost and bureaucracy. Currently around 30% of applications for variations can be classified as minor, so these changes will make a big difference."

The Government is consulting on changing the law in England and Wales until the 1 September and those who wish to participate should visit

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By Christopher Walton

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