Alcohol licensing: guidance

Guidance on alcohol licensing, personal licences and alcohol byelaws.

Applicants and Licensing Boards guidance

Applications for alcohol licences and more general queries about licensed premises should be made to your local Licensing Board, which can be found by consulting the website of your local authority.

Using powers under section 142 of the 2005 Act, we published updated statutory guidance for Licensing Boards on 13 January 2023.

The purpose of the “Section 142 guidance”, which Licensing Boards are required to have regard to, is to assist Licensing Boards in carrying out their functions under the 2005 Act. The guidance will also be of interest to others involved in the alcohol licensing regime, such as new and existing licence holders and licensing solicitors.

We have also published the following guidance regarding alcohol licensing:

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