I would like to apply for a public entertainments licence (PEL) in my pub, but I have heard that I will have to rewire the whole premises. Is this correct as it will have a huge impact on cost?
There is a possibility that you may need to rewire your premises. Before applying for a PEL you should contact your local authority and ask them for a copy of their standard conditions.
Many councils have stringent guidelines in relation to safety of premises which includes the standard of wiring in the premises.
If your premises are not correctly wired then you would need to re-wire the whole of the premises before you would be able to obtain a PEL.
The work has to be done before the PEL is granted as the council officers will inspect the premises prior to issuing the licence and usually require an electrical certificate to be produced.
It would be advisable to liaise with the fire officer prior to submitting an application since you may find that he will have more stringent requirements than he has at the moment.