Licensing law

Red tape: trade bodies want unnecessary gaming fees to end

Scrapping gaming machine fee ‘would save pubs £500,000’

By Nikkie Sutton

Business in Licensing (BIL) and the Gambling Business Group (GBG) have joined forces in a bid to remove the fee pubs have to pay to inform licensing authorities if they want to use their automatic entitlement on gaming machines.

Permitted: the 2 Pigs pub has been granted a sexual entertainment venue licence

Sex entertainment plans at pub granted

By Nikkie Sutton

A Gloucestershire pub has had its sexual entertainment venue (SEV) licence granted, despite more than 50 residents’ objections.

Police objection: Stockton's Wobbly Goblin bid to stay open until 5.30am (image: Google Maps)


Police block pub’s late-night licence bid

By Nicholas Robinson

Police are obstructing a Teesside pub’s bid to open until 5.30am because of its “violent past”, despite bosses claiming the site now attracts a more “cosmopolitan” clientele.

Liverpool City Council has plans for a late-night levy


BBPA demands clarity on late-night levy decision

By Michelle Perrett

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has written to Liverpool City Council to ask for clarification over the process it used to reach a decision to implement a late-night levy (LNL). 

Legal advice on serving drunk customers at Christmas


Staying on the right side of the law this Christmas

By Poppleston Allen

The festive period will likely involve a police drink-drive campaign showing disturbing images and reinforcing the devastating effect that ‘just one more’ drink can have on families.