Pub landlords, restaurateurs, club owners and others selling alcohol, along with late night café and takeaway owners, are being reminded to take action to convert their licences and registrations. Even licensees who don’t intend to change their opening hours still need to convert their licences.
Government changes in licensing regulations mean everyone selling alcohol, or serving late night food, must convert their existing licence to a new council licence.
Brighton & Hove City Council has been working closely with licensees in the city to keep them informed of the new regulations and explaining how to apply for one of the new licences.
But so far just a handful of the 1,000 licensed premises in the city have applied for a new alcohol licence and only a small number of the 3,000 people holding personal licences have applied. Licence holders have had since February 7 to apply to convert their licence, and all applications must be in by 6 August. Time is running out and there will be a log jam if everyone waits till the last minute.
Brighton & Hove City Council's licensing team is urging licence holders not to delay and apply now for a licence to avoid a last minute rush of applications. Anyone leaving it beyond the 6 August closing date risks being left high and dry without a licence. After that time a completely new application will be needed.
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