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Pubs, clubs & restaurants in Peterborough have received an early Christmas present from the Government who announced yesterday that the new licensing laws will take effect from 24th November explains city based solicitors, Hegarty & Co.

The new laws sweep away the old system and introduce new types of licences, new categories of licensable activities and will be operated by local authorities rather than magistrates’ courts.


Those businesses that have been granted extended opening hours will be able to start staying open longer when the new laws come into force.

Associate Andrew Heeler commented, “There has been strong speculation that the Government would delay the introduction of the new licensing laws to give everyone involved more preparation time. Now, we know that the new laws will be in force in time for the Christmas festivities.”

Licence holders have been able to convert their current licences or apply for a new licence since February. The deadline for converting a licence is 6th August, after which licence holders will have to apply for a new licence which is often more expensive.

Mr Heeler remarked, “Time is running our for licence holders to convert their licences.

Most pubs, clubs & restaurants will have to apply for a premises license for which they must submit a plan of their premises with the application. If they don’t already have a plan, it can take about 3 weeks before the plans are ready which could delay their application.”

“We know that there are still a large number of people who have yet to apply, perhaps as they thought the new laws would not come into effect so soon. Officially, every business that sells alcohol, puts on entertainment, or serves hot food after 11 pm must have converted their current licence or applied for a new licence by 24th November or they will not be allowed to trade,” he warned.

June 2005

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