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Policing and Crime Act 2009

Section 32 and Schedule 4 Mandatory licensing conditions relating to alcohol

213.Section 32 introduces Schedule 4 which makes provision about mandatory licensing conditions relating to alcohol.

214.Schedule 4 amends the Licensing Act 2003 to create an enabling power that allows the Secretary of State to set out (in secondary legislation) no more than nine mandatory licence conditions relating to the supply of alcohol for all new and existing premises licences and for all new and existing club premises certificates respectively (or for those premises licences or club premises certificates of a particular description);

215.All conditions must be in made in accordance with the four licensing objectives set out in the Licensing Act 2003. These are:

  • the prevention of crime and disorder;

  • public safety;

  • the prevention of public nuisance; and

  • the protection of children from harm.

216.Paragraph 1 amends the Licensing Act 2003 so that where premises are licensed to sell alcohol, their licence is subject to the mandatory conditions specified in an order made by the Secretary of State.

217.Paragraph 2 amends the Licensing Act 2003 to allow the Secretary of State, in secondary legislation, to specify up to nine mandatory licensing conditions that could apply to all current or future premises licences. Each mandatory condition takes precedence over any existing licensing conditions to the extent the mandatory conditions are identical or inconsistent and more onerous.

218.Paragraphs 3 and 4 are equivalent to paragraphs 1 and 2 respectively, except that they relate to club premises certificates rather than to premises licences (the list of conditions in respect of club premises certificates could be different to that for premises licences). These certificates relate to members’ clubs rather than nightclubs.

219.These powers extend to England and Wales.

220.There are further minor and consequential amendments to the Licensing Act 2003 set out in Schedule 7.

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