As of 8th April 2015 there have been amendments to the Licensing Act 2003.

The amendments made to the Licensing Act 2003 by the Deregulation Act 2015 are:

  • The requirement to renew personal licences has been abolished with effect from 1 April 2015.
  • The offence of selling liqueur confectionery to children under 16 will be repealed with effect from 26 May 2015. After that date a person of any age can buy liqueur confectionery in England and Wales.
  • The requirement to report lost or stolen licences to the police before applying for duplicates will be abolished with effect from 26 May 2015.
  • The limit on the number of temporary events that can be held at single premises will increase from 12 to 15 per year from 1 January 2016.
  • Changes to regulated entertainment will take effect from 6 April 2015.
  • Further details can be found at the Deregulation Act 2015 legislation page.

For those wishing to provide entertainment, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has issued a stepped guidance explaining licence requirements.

The Home Office publishes Statutory Guidance to Licensing Authorities which is updated regularly.