New measures announced by the government yesterday will mean pubs, hotels and restaurants will save time and money when making minor changes to the terms of their license.
So long as the change does not involve alcohol, licensed premises could save up to £2.5m a year by using a quicker, simpler and cheaper method to alter minor terms in their licensing agreement, such as small-scale refurbishments.
Gerry Sutcliffe, Minister for Licensing, said: "We have listened carefully to the views of licence holders and come up with a set of proposals that will lead to a significant reduction in cost and bureaucracy. Currently around 30 per cent of applications for variations can be classified as minor, so these changes will make a big difference."
Premises will now also be able to apply for permission from the police to trade without a named, licensed supervisor on-site. This could potentially save time and money for restaurants and hotels that use unqualified bartenders or waitresses as designated premises supervisors. This arrangement, however, is subject to any concerns raised by residents, the police or any other responsible authority.
Local authorities will have the power to decide if an alteration to a license is classed as minor. Changes relating to the increase in the amount of time alcohol may be sold, the sale of alcohol between 11pm and 7am, or the addition of a licensing certificate, will not be included in the proposal.
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