Licensing Solicitors in Essex

Gepp Solicitors can help you or your business with a variety of licensing issues associated with the sale of alcohol and other regulated entertainment, including applications, variations, and complying with licensing conditions. 

We do this for businesses and for individuals.  We can provide general advice on the offences under the Licensing Act 2003 (for example: the duties of a designated premises supervisor, the obligations of a licensee and children and alcohol). 

Getting and keeping the right licence is vital to many businesses. Whether you’re starting a new operation or need help with an existing licensed business, we can advise and support you through the entire process.

We’ll help you plan your licensed activity and collect all the necessary information to give your application the best chance of success. We’ll also explain what conditions you’ll have to follow to avoid fines or other enforcement actions from your licensing authority and can provide advice on what to do to comply with regulations.

If you are faced enforcement actions, our Chelmsford and Colchester solicitors can advise you on the best way forward and represent you during meetings and appeals hearings with your licensing authority.

To ensure you’re clear on the service you’ll receive and the price you can expect, please take a look at our prices section.

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Licensing FAQs

Q. Which licence do I need to sell alcohol at my venue or event?

A. It depends on your venue or event. There are different types of licence required in different circumstances. There are certain activities that you may wish to carry out which are licensable.

Q. Which activities require a licence?

A. The Licensing Act 2003 identifies the following activities as requiring a licence:

  • the sale by retail of alcohol,
  • the supply of alcohol by or on behalf of a club to, or to the order of, a member of the club,
  • the provision of regulated entertainment, and
  • the provision of late night refreshment.

Q. What are the types of licences that I can apply for?

A. In order to provide one or more of these activities, you will need either:

  • A premises licence; most commonly held by pubs, nightclubs, supermarkets, theatres, restaurants and cinemas etc.
  • A club premises certificate; for social, sporting or political members clubs or
  • A temporary events notice; for the licensable activities to be carried out on a temporary basis. There are limitations regarding this type of permission, so be aware.

Q. How do I vary a licence?

A. You may wish to vary an existing licence. This can be achieved through amendments, minor variations or full variations. An amendment may be a for example, a change of designated premises supervisor. Minor variations include a reduction to trading hours. Full variation applications include those which will add the sale by retail of alcohol or extend the hours in which alcohol will be sold.

For more information on which type of licence will be most suitable for your individual needs, please contact our specialists at Gepp Solicitors.

Contact our solicitors in Chelmsford and Colchester

If you want to find out more about the services we can offer you, please feel free to get in touch with our licensing solicitors in Chelmsford and Colchester.


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