The licensing act 2003 came into force in november 2005 (england & wales) and the licensing (scotland) act 2005 came into force 1st september 2009. The legislation governs the following areas

  1. licensing the sale and supply of alcohol
  2. licensing regulated entertainment
  3. licensing late night refreshment

The licensing Objectives

  1. The prevention of crime and disorder
  2. Public safety
  3. The prevention of public nuisance
  4. The protection of children from harm

The prevention of crime and disorder

Under the governments alcohol harm reduction strategy and various legislation such as Violent crime reduction act 2006 and antisocial behaviour act 2003, licence holders have a duty to do all that is reasonably possible in preventing crime and disorder. This duty aims to regulate the behaviour of customers on, and in the immediate vicinity of the premises. There are a number of ways to do this and the requirements for the premises will depend on the conditions detailed on the premises licence.


  1. CCTV
  2. Door staff
  3. Pubwatch schemes
  4. Drugs awareness policies
  5. Neighbourhood watch

Public safety

The public safety objective concerns the physical safety of anyone on or in the vicinity of the premises these include

  1. Fire safety
  2. Health and safety
  3. Discrimination
  4. Food safety/hygiene

Prevention of public nuisance
Examples of nuisance within the remit of this objective include any of the statutory nuisences under section 79 of the environmental protection act 1990. these include nuisances relating to noise odour lights and litter

The protection of children from harm
This objective aims to protect children from moral,physiological and physical harm. This includes drinking alcohol, gambling, strong language, and adult entertainment. This objective may require restricted access for the premises in respect of where and when children are
The main focus for this objective centres on preventing the sale of alcohol to anyone under the age of 18