Christmas licensing problems solved

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Festive operations: make sure your pub is in line with the law by reading Poppleston Allen's advice
Festive operations: make sure your pub is in line with the law by reading Poppleston Allen's advice

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With more people going on nights out to socialise and reunite with family, Christmas can bring a mix of licensing concerns for pub operators.

Licensing solicitor Poppleston Allen has addressed questions from readers of The Morning Advertiser​ about how to operate during the festive period. 

1. Under-age sales 

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Make sure you have SIA-registered door staff who can check the age of potential customers in accordance with what your premises licence says about access of under-18s, the solicitors advise.

Staff inside the pub should also be trained to check IDs and monitor the site for under-age drinking and under-age customers using age-restricted gambling machines.

Read more about what staff should know about age verification checks here.

2. Unpredictable clients

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The Christmas period brings with it indulgence and many people drinking more than they would on a usual night out.

Poppleston Allen advises you carry out a risk assessment to establish whether or not you will require additional staff for big nights and large gatherings. 

For more advice on precautionary measures, you can take to ensure staff are able to take care of people, read Poppleston Allen’s advice here.

3. Film check

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Check your premise licence covers the exhibition of films if you are planning a festive film screening. A film is anything that is not counted as a live broadcast.

For more information on how to organise a film screening, read the solicitor’s advice here.

Related topics: Licensing law

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