Powers of entry code to be introduced next year

By Carina Perkins contact

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The proposed powers of entry code would require authorities to give 48 hours notice before visiting a licensed venue
The proposed powers of entry code would require authorities to give 48 hours notice before visiting a licensed venue

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The Government has confirmed that the long-awaited powers of entry code will come into force next year.

The Powers of Entry draft code stipulates that authorities should give at least 48 hours’ notice before visiting a licensed venue, and clearly state the reason for their visit.

A Home Office Spokeswoman told our sister title PMA that the code, which was drawn up in January 2013 and subject to consultation, will be introduced in Parliament ‘shortly’.

It is hoped the code will minimise disruption to licensees, who have complained of groups of police officers and other authorities turning up unannounced at busy times for routine inspections.

The proposed code is separate from the Home Office review of powers of entry​ earlier this week, which concluded that the powers set out under the Licensing Act should remain as they are.

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