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Posted By: GUEST,RichardP
03-Oct-04 - 07:55 AM
Thread Name: A little more news on Licensing
Subject: RE: A little more news on Licensing
Everyone should be aware that the DCMS has published the draft regulations and transitional arrangements for rapid consultation. They lay down how the transition from exisiting to new licencing is to be handled in the sixth months between February and September when applications for replacement licences are submitted. The major omission is the table of FEEs. The consultation document is accessed through the "blue clicky" link.

The question that lots of people will be whether it is a simple matter of ticking the box to get entertainment cover. Yes and No. Firstly you have to tick one of 14 boxes to establish your right to apply. There are then 14 tick boxes to identify what is already licensed and a further 13 to identify what is to be added or altered. In each case the box has to be accompanied by a schedule of when the activity is to be permitted on each day of the week plus a number of text boxes to cover seasonal or other variations etc. However it is just a matter of ticking and writing in boxes. The best news is that in those lists, music comes first and the sale of alcohol comes last. So everyone will at least have to look at music before they come to the tick that every pub needs. Take pleasure in small mercies.

Good luck wading though it.

Richard