Tuesday, 28 February 2017

A Guide to Premises Licensing

Part Two How to Apply for a Premises Licence

You will need to apply for a premises licence if you intend to sell alcohol or provide ‘licensable activities’ from a venue.

Licensable activities include selling alcohol and serving hot food and drinks between 11pm and 5am.

You will also need a licence if you provide the following types of entertainment:
  • Theatrical performance
  • Showing a film
  • Indoor sporting event
  • Boxing or wrestling (indoor or outdoor)
  • Live music
  • Recorded music
  • Dance
  • Facilities for making music
  • Dancing facilities

You will still need a licence even if the activities are for charity.

You must be 18 or over and have a designated premises supervisor (DPS) to apply for a premises licence. A DPS must have a personal licence to sell alcohol.

Applications can be for a new licence or a variation of the hours or activities of an existing licence.  An applicant will always be required to give notice of their application to a list of responsible authorities, which are statutory bodies including the Police, Fire Service, Environmental Health and Trading Standards.

An applicant will also be required to advertise their application, both on the premises, and in a local newspaper, to make both residents and businesses aware.

Application fees for premises licences applications and club premises certificates depend on the non-domestic rateable value of the premises, which is also used to calculate business rates.

From the time an application for a new licence or variation is made, there is a 28-day consultation period to enable any of the responsible authorities or any other persons to make representations in respect of the application.  These can either support or oppose the application.

After 28 days, if no objections have been made, the licence can be granted. If an objection has been made, the application will usually be referred to a hearing of the Licensing of Alcohol and Gambling Sub-Committee to be decided.

Should you require assistance with an application for a premises licence we are here to help.

Visit our website www.c3c.co.uk or call us today on 0330 004 0020 to find out how we can help you.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

A Guide to Premises Licensing

Part One

What is a Premises Licence?
A premises licence is a permanent licence granted for a specific location that authorises the holder to carry out any or all of the following licensable activities:

  • The sale of alcohol
  • The supply of alcohol by a club to its members and guests
  • The provision of regulated entertainment (including plays, films, indoor sports, music and dancing)
  • The sale of late-night refreshment namely hot food and drink supplied between 11pm and 5am
Premises licences can also be used to licence one-off events at which more than 500 people are expected to attend.

For smaller one-off time limited events, a Temporary Event Notice may be more appropriate.

Licensing Objectives
All licence applications must comply with four licensing objectives, namely:

  • The prevention of crime and disorder
  • Public safety
  • The prevention of public nuisance
  • The protection of children from harm
Mandatory Conditions
The government plays an important role in ensuring people can make informed choices about the amount they drink. It is also important for the police and local authorities to have appropriate powers to deal with those individuals who cause trouble and ensure that those who sell alcohol and provide entertainment do so responsibly.

The Secretary of State considers it appropriate for the promotion of the licensing objectives to specify mandatory conditions which apply across England and Wales, the government expect Licensing Authorities to take any breach seriously.  Failure to comply with any conditions attached to a licence or certificate is a criminal offence, which on conviction could be punishable by a fine of up to £20,000, up to six months’ imprisonment or both.

For assistance with a Licence Application, a Sub-Committee hearing or for more information about our services visit us at www.C3C.co.uk

Useful Links
Gov.Uk Premises Licence Guidance

Come back for Part Two - How to Apply for a Premises Licence - this week

Thursday, 16 February 2017

The Hidden Cost of Business Rates for Licensed Premises

Business Rates
If you have a business with a premises licence to sell alcohol, you may by now be aware of the upcoming increases to your Rateable Value and the impact that this will have on your profitability.

Licence Fees
In addition to this there is a further increase to costs that you may be facing, relating to your annual licence fee. Rateable Value is used to set annual licence fees so these may be going up and there are moves afoot to change the way Business Rates are currently appealed.

Appeals Process
The government has embarked on a comprehensive review of Business Rates with the aim of producing a more streamlined and efficient system, designed to reduce the vast number of entirely speculative appeals raised each year.

The most significant change is the proposed introduction of a multi-stage challenge process, placing far greater onus on the ratepayer or their agent to provide more detailed information right from the outset.

1.      Check – This initial stage provides an opportunity to establish and review the facts upon which a valuation is based. If the Valuation Office accepts these factual arguments, then they will amend the Rateable Value. If the facts are still in dispute, then there is an opportunity to move to the next stage.

2.      Challenge – This stage requires further supporting information, comprehensive rental evidence and a calculation of the revised Rateable Value. If an agreement cannot be reached, then further action is required to escalate the case to the next stage.

3.      Appeal – For the first time there may be a fee to escalate the challenge so that it can be heard by the Valuation Tribunal and a very limited ability to add additional evidence to that used at the challenge stage.

The Valuation Office believes this process will be more transparent and easier for businesses to navigate, thereby reducing the number of appeals.

Initial indications are that much of the process will require the submission of information online at numerous points and within rigid timeframes.

Failure to comply would result in the challenge being unsuccessful.

Rather than improving transparency and understanding of the system this is likely to create a substantial administrative burden for ratepayers, especially those with multiple properties.

For more information contact us at info@c3c.co.uk

High business rates have contributed to one in five pub closures in England and Wales over the past six years, an exclusive BBC Radio 4 investigation has claimed. 

Click here to read the article By Daniel Woolfson, 16-Feb-2017

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Chapter Three Consulting Is Reaping The Benefits Of ISO9001 Accreditation

We are delighted to announce that Chapter Three Consulting has recently been awarded ISO9001 accreditation.  

At C3C we provide specialist compliance knowledge and expertise to help our clients better understand their obligations to relevant legislation.  This includes Compliance Auditing, Licensing requirements, Crime Prevention, Heath & Safety and Environmental legislation and best practice.  

In promoting our services we felt it was essential to become ISO accredited ensuring that we ourselves are compliant to our own legal and regulatory requirements.

There Are Many Other Benefits To Achieving ISO Accreditation

An integral part of ISO9001 is customer satisfaction.  By focusing on the customer instead of purely business goals and obtaining and analysing feedback the standard helps improve the quality of service by adopting a ‘right first time’ attitude.  It demonstrates our commitment to quality, customer service and continuous improvement.

The standard has improved our operational efficiency ensuring we document procedures in order to improve the consistency of our organisation’s output.  This has helped us become a far leaner business with fewer errors as a result, meaning less re-work and duplication of internal work flows.  The improved documentation of processes also creates the awareness of quality amongst staff.

Working smarter has helped us drive out unnecessary costs in our business thus making us more profitable and able to re-invest in new growth initiatives instead.

Whilst a lot of work has gone into achieving this ISO standard, the involvement of different personnel throughout the journey has helped to build their own motivation and participation has markedly improved business output and results.  

Go to www.c3c.co.uk to view our services and visit http://www.british-assessment.co.uk/ to find out more about ISO accreditation.