Section 45 – Provisional premises licence
95.This section makes it clear that a premises licence application can be made in relation to premises which are being constructed or converted for use as licensed premises. A premises licence granted for such premises is referred to as a “provisional premises licence”. The section modifies certain provisions of the Act as they apply to applications for provisional premises licences.
96.A provisional premises licence has no effect until it is confirmed. The licence has to be confirmed within 2 years otherwise it will automatically be revoked. The 2 year period can be extended if the construction or conversion work is delayed for reasons outwith the licence holder’s control.
97.Subsection (10) modifies section 20 (which sets out requirements as to applications for premises licences) of the Act as it applies to applications for provisional premises licences. Paragraph (a) establishes that different certificates as to planning, building control and food hygiene are to be provided and paragraph (b) establishes that the name of the premises manager need not be provided on application.