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This page is designed to give those involved in the licensing trade and members of the public the latest updates on licensing legislation and best practice.

Pubwatch Meetings

There are two active pubwatches in Runnymede; one covering Egham and the north of the borough, the other Addlestone and the south.

All premises are encouraged to attend to help promote the licensing objectives, these are:

• Crime and disorder prevention
• Public safety
• Stopping public nuisance
• Protecting children from harm.

The December pubwatch meetings were well attended and useful information was given on people who had been causing problems in premises recently.

The licensing officer from the council and police also gave information on the prevention of child sexual exploitation, preventing drug use in premises, legal responsibilities of displaying of your licence and temporary-event notices over the Christmas period. We hope to see you all at the next meeting.

The date and venue of the next pubwatch meetings are below.

Egham Pubwatch

The Rose and Crown, Thorpe Green, Thursday, 11 January 2018 at 10am.

Addlestone Pubwatch

The Coach and Horses, St Ann's Road, Chertsey, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 at 10am.


The Law

It is in everyone's interest to comply with licensing law and both the police and the Council are finding there is a lack of knowledge around what your responsibilities are when it comes to displaying your licence and authorisation.

In particular both Displaying the premises licence summary and Displaying your notice of Duty to Keep and Produce the Premises Licence are requirements under section 57 of the 'Act'. If you do not comply you may be prosecuted with a level two fine of up to £500 for each.

By following the simple steps below you can save yourself  time and worry, as well as the risk of a court appearance, so please spend a few moments to ensure you are complying with the law.

Displaying the premises licence summary

The Act states you must have all pages of the summary (or certified copy of it) prominently displayed. Best practice is to display it where it can be read easily by the public and police/council officers. It must be all pages of the summary, not just the front page, and it must be readable.

Some premises choose to frame each page and screw it to the wall to protect the summary from mishandling or theft. We would recommend this method.

Displaying your notice of duty to keep and produce the premises licence

You are required to have a notice displayed stating who has custody or control of the actual premises licence. This must be on the property and it must be produced if requested. Do not confuse this with the summary, which will be one or two pages.

The whole licence can run to five or six pages depending on your conditions. Again we would recommend you frame it and screw it to the wall.

To help you comply with the law a template has been produced herepdf icon Duty to keep and produce licence [196kb] but you can use your own of course.

All premises selling or supplying alcohol (except for members clubs and certain community premises) must have a Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) who will be named on the premises licence. The DPS is responsible for authorising alcohol sales.

There are likely times when the DPS will not be on the premises when alcohol is being sold. For that reason we strongly suggest the DPS authorises, in writing, members of staff to sell alcohol in their absence. 

We have produced two forms you can complete:

One is for the DPS to complete and sign authorising named members of staff to sell or supply alcohol pdf icon DPS AUTHORISATION [21kb]

The other is for the named staff to sign, confirming they are aware of this and accept responsibility pdf icon Authorisation acceptance [12kb]

The DPS and members of staff should be aware of pdf icon Responsibilities of the DPS [96kb], details of the premises licence and the social and legal obligations and responsibilities relating to the sale of alcohol.

 


Entitlement to work in the United Kingdom; how Licensing Act 2003 amendments affect business owners and operators of licensed premises.

The Immigration Act 2016 came into force on 6 April 2017 and contains many notable sections affecting the Licensing Act 2003. Its general purpose is to make it more difficult to live and work illegally in the United Kingdom. Please read the attached information.pdf icon Entitlement to work in the UK [99kb]

 


 

Current licensing applications

 


 

Guidance on gambling on licensed premises

  • The Gambling Act 2005 made changes to the legislation regarding gambling in licensed premises. This will affect the playing of popular games such as poker and bingo. Under certain circumstances gambling may still be permitted, but only for certain stakes and prizes. The Gambling Commission has helpful guidance. 

 

 

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