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by The PMA Team Here is the first look at the paperwork involved in applying to the local authority for a premises licence after licensing reform. A...

by The PMA Team Here is the first look at the paperwork involved in applying to the local authority for a premises licence after licensing reform. A provisional timetable suggests the Licensing Bill, hotly tipped to appear inthe Queen's Speech on 13 November, is likely to become law by July 2003. Licensees will then have six months until January 2004 to lodge a premises licence application. Part one is a simple operating schedule showing current permissions. Part two is an application for variations to hours and/or conditions. There will be no obligation to apply for a variation but part two must be submitted with part one, with a statement that no variations are being applied for. The new system is expected to become live on 31 July 2004 with local authorities required to have processed all applications by then ­ magistrates will be left in charge of liquor licensing until the handover. If a local authority has failed to process a particular application by 31 July 2004, a simple acknowledgement or a receipt of an application is a valid permission until a new licence is granted. Licensees will also have six months to apply for a personal licence prior to the 31 January 2004 deadline. This involves giving the local authority a piece of paper that lists the existing licence detail previously granted by the magistrate's court.

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