What is a restriction order?
A restriction order is a mechanism which can be used to limit your permitted hours. The magistrates can order that the premises or part of the premises, be closed between 2.30pm to 5.30pm on weekday afternoons other than Good Friday and between 3pm and 7pm on Good Friday and Sundays. The order will specify whether this applies for every day of the week or specific days of the week.
An application for a restriction order can be made by the chief officer of police, any person living or running a business in the neighbourhood or the head teacher of a local school. The orders are normally applied for when there has been some annoyance or disturbance in the area, caused, for example, by drunken people leaving your premises.
These orders are also used to close pubs on routes to football matches where the police think that there maybe a risk of disorder or disturbance.
If an order is made against your premises it is applicable immediately and the licensee must also ensure that a notice is displayed showing the permitted hours as limited by the restriction order.