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Prohibition on sale of intoxicating liquor without a licenceN.I.

3.—(1) Except as permitted by this Order, it shall be unlawful for any person to sell intoxicating liquor by retail unless he holds a licence authorising him to do so in the course of a business carried on in premises specified in the licence.

(2) Any person who, himself or by his servant or agent,—

(a)where he is not the holder of a licence, sells intoxicating liquor by retail or makes it available for purchase by retail, or

(b)where he is the holder of a licence, either sells intoxicating liquor by retail or makes it available for purchase by retail in any premises or place where he is not authorised under this Order to sell such liquor by retail,

shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both and any intoxicating liquor found in his possession and its containers shall be liable to be forfeited.

(3) Where intoxicating liquor is sold or made available for purchase in any premises in contravention of this Article, every occupier of the premises who is proved to have had knowledge of or consented to the contravention shall be guilty of an offence under this Article.

(4) Without prejudice to Article 80, for the purposes of this Article a vessel shall be deemed to be premises and paragraph (3) shall apply to the master of a vessel as it applies to the occupier of premises.

Persons to whom licences may be grantedN.I.

4.—(1) The person to whom a licence is granted (other than a housing authority to whom a licence is granted provisionally) shall be the owner of the business proposed to be carried on under the licence.

(2) A licence may be granted to an individual, to a body corporate or to two or more persons carrying on business in partnership.

(3) In considering the fitness of a person to hold a licence for any premises, a court shall have regard to—

(a)the character, reputation and financial standing of the applicant;

(b)the qualifications and experience of the applicant to manage the business which is, or is proposed to be, carried on under the licence, or the qualifications and experience of any person who is, or is proposed to be, employed by him in that behalf;

(c)the extent to which, by virtue of any estate vested in him, the applicant is entitled to possession and control of the premises.

(4) In considering the fitness of a body corporate to hold a licence, a court shall also have regard to the character, reputation and financial standing of the directors of the body and any other persons who have executive control of it, as if the licence were, or were proposed to be, held by them jointly.

Premises for which licences may be grantedN.I.

5.—(1) Without prejudice to Article 80, the premises in which the sale of intoxicating liquor is authorised by a licence shall be premises of one of the following kinds—

(a)premises in which the business carried on under the licence is the business of selling intoxicating liquor by retail for consumption either in or off the premises;

(b)premises in which the business carried on under the licence is the business of selling intoxicating liquor by retail for consumption off the premises;

(c)an hotel;

(d)a guest house;

(e)a restaurant;

(f)a conference centre;

(g)a higher education institution;

(h)a place of public entertainment;

(i)a refreshment room in public transport premises;

(j)a seamen's canteen.

[F1(k)an indoor arena]

(2) Regulations, made subject to affirmative resolution, may prescribe the conditions under which any business authorised by the licence may be carried on in premises of a kind mentioned in paragraph (1)(a) or (b).

(3) Subject to paragraph (5) and to Article 51(1)(b), a licence shall not authorise the sale of intoxicating liquor in premises of any kind mentioned in paragraph (1)(c) to[F1 (k)],—

(a)unless, subject to Article 17(3)—

(i)there is being carried on in those premises a business of the type normally carried on in premises of that kind; and

(ii)the sale of intoxicating liquor is ancillary to that business;

(b)for consumption off the premises.

(4) A licence for premises other than an hotel shall be authority for the sale of intoxicating liquor only in the part or parts of the premises delineated in plans kept under Article 34(2) by the clerk of petty sessions for the petty sessions district in which the premises are situated as the part or parts of the premises in which such liquor is permitted to be sold.

(5) In relation to premises which are an hotel—

(a)paragraph (3)(a) shall not apply where a note showing that the licence was granted—

(i)before 31st July 1902; or

(ii)between 30th July 1902 and 3rd May 1971 otherwise than under section 2(2) of the [1902 c. 18.] Licensing (Ireland) Act 1902 or section 9(a)(ii) of the [1923 c. 1 (N.I.).] Intoxicating Liquor Act (Northern Ireland) 1923; or

(iii)under Article 4(1) of the [1978 NI 14.] Licensing (Northern Ireland) Order 1978 or Article 12(1) of the [1990 NI 6.] Licensing (Northern Ireland) Order 1990 or Article 11(1) of this Order in lieu of an existing licence to which head (i) or (ii) applied,

has been made on the licence and recorded in the register of licences in respect of the premises;

(b)paragraph (3)(b) shall not prohibit or restrict the sale of intoxicating liquor for consumption off the premises, where—

(i)the purchaser is a resident or diner in the premises, or

(ii)a note such as is mentioned in sub-paragraph (a) has been made on the licence and recorded in the register of licences in respect of the premises.

(6) Subject to Article 17(3), where any person, being the holder of a licence for premises of a kind mentioned in paragraph (1)(c) to[F1 (k)], himself or by his servant or agent, either sells intoxicating liquor or makes it available for purchase in those premises in contravention of paragraph (3) he shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months or to both.

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Premises for which licences shall not be grantedN.I.

6.—(1) The premises in which the sale of intoxicating liquor shall not be authorised by a licence shall be—

(a)premises situated on a service area; and

(b)premises in which the principal business carried on is the business of a garage or premises which form part of such premises.

(2) In this Article—

  • “service area” has the same meaning as in Article 2(2) of the [1993 NI 15.] Roads (Northern Ireland) Order 1993;

  • “garage”, in relation to a business, means—

    (a)

    the retailing of petrol or derv; or

    (b)

    the sale or maintenance of motor vehicles.

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