Does the extension apply to outdoor areas?
Yes. The provisions in the Act will enable off-sales of alcohol in outside areas not covered by the premises licence.
Will all premises licences that currently only have permission for on-sales be given the new permission for off-sales?
Yes, apart from certain exemptions, as detailed in the previous section.
Is this off-sales permission permanent?
No, the provision exists until the 30th of September 2020, unless this period is extended by further regulations.
My licence has lapsed, been surrendered or is currently suspended. If steps are taken to bring the licence back into force, will the off-sales provision apply?
Yes, as long as the other criteria in relation to the provision of the off-sales have been met.
I recently obtained the licence, and do not know the history of the premises. How would I know if the provisions apply?
If you are in any doubt as to whether the off-sale provisions apply you should check with the licensing authority first by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I need to amend the premises licence plans to show the additional areas where customers will now be consuming alcohol?
No, these areas will be using the off-sale provision, and as such do not have to be shown on the licence plan. However, you must ensure that the areas you do intend to use have the correct permissions to do so – such as a pavement licence for furniture on the public highway.
Can I apply to make the off-sales permission permanent?
Yes. The provisions already exist under the Licensing Act 2003 to apply for a full variation to add off-sales. This can be done at any time, and no change has been made to this full variations procedure.
Can the off-sale provision be removed or amended by the Council before the 30th of September 2021?
Yes. The off-sale permission can be reviewed should problems arise at a venue where this is being provided. If deemed serious enough, the permission can be removed.
If I have conditions on the premises licence restricting off-sales for delivery, can I now ignore those conditions and make off-sale alcohol deliveries?
No, these conditions have been protected. If there are such conditions on a premises licence they must be adhered to. If these conditions are to be removed, a variation of the licence will have to be applied for.