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Does your business still meet legal criteria since reopening?

By Richard Bradley, solicitor, Poppleston Allen

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Last year, Poppleston Allen published a detailed coronavirus pre-opening checklist and while the process of reopening has, to many, been one of tortuous evolution rather than speedy revolution, many of those considerations remain relevant today.
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So, even though you may have reopened fully, you must be aware of certain things you must do to continue to function within the law. Here are some key points:

  • Is your current designated premises supervisor (DPS) still working and how many personal licence holders do you have on site?
  • Is your premises licence summary and Section 57 Notice (Licensing Act 2003) on display? Full licences and gaming permits should be retained on site
  • Are all annual fees paid up to date (licensing and gambling, including any machine permits and payment of late-night levy where applicable)
  • If you are relying on the Business & Planning Act to provide off-sales, are you displaying a correct notice?
  • Has your business undergone any restructuring, such as a company voluntary arrangement (CVA)? Do all licences remain in force and have they been transferred to a new operating company, where relevant?
  • Is your licence still fit for purpose – extended hours, licensed areas, conditions?
  • Is this a time to review your licence conditions, general operation, the impact of social distancing and any capacity restrictions?
  • Consider your external areas and whether licence variations and street trading permissions are required
  • Have you made any changes to the internal or external layout of your premises and should you be updating your licence plans?
  • Staff training – induction for new staff members or refresher training for existing staff. Consider your revised operation under the ongoing social distancing measures and your Covid-19 risk assessment
  • Should you liaise with neighbours, particularly if you plan to use outdoor areas? Ambient noise levels are likely to increase and neighbours may appreciate an update on your plans.

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