Reducing dance floors

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I have a Special Hours Certificate in force at my premises and I would like to reduce the size of my dance floor so that I can increase the amount of...

I have a Special Hours Certificate in force at my premises and I would like to reduce the size of my dance floor so that I can increase the amount of seating available. Is there anything I should be aware of before I do this?

As you have a Special Hours Certificate in place you must already be aware that the sale of alcohol has to be ancillary to the provision of music and dancing and substantial food. You have to ensure that the dance floor you provide is of a sufficient size to allow for dancing to take place and you should also be aware that certain courts and local authorities provide minimum standards for dance floors. Additionally, you should be aware of the grounds that the police can use to apply for revocation of your Special Hours Certificate. If the police can show that customers are attending the premises for drinking rather than for dancing or for the consumption of food then they can apply for revocation. To prove this they would look at the usage of your premises. Therefore, if you had a smaller dance floor, meaning that less facilities are available for dancing, then you may be opening yourself up to grounds for revocation.

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