Personal licence renewals abolished

Personal licence renewals abolished

We were starting to worry that the Deregulation Bill would not receive royal assent, given that there is very little time before parliament is dissolved. That would have caused a headache for personal licence holders as applications for renewals would still have been required.

Fortunately, royal assent was given yesterday meaning the Deregulation Act 2015 amends  the Licensing Act 2003 as follows:

  • The requirement to renew personal licences has been abolished with effect from 1 April 2015.
  • The offence of selling liqueur confectionery to children under 16 will be repealed with effect from 26 May 2015. After that date a person of any age can buy liqueur confectionery in England and Wales.
  • The requirement to report lost or stolen licences to the police before applying for duplicates will be abolished with effect from 26 May 2015.
  • The limit on the number of temporary events that can be held at single premises will increase from 12 to 15 per year from 1 January 2016.

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