A Guide to Alcohol Licensing in England and Wales

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  • Published: January 2016
  • Type: Business Information Factsheet
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The sale and supply of alcohol in the UK is strictly regulated in order to prevent crime and disorder, protect the public, prevent public nuisance and protect children from harm.

In England and Wales, licensing authorities regulate the sale and supply of alcohol under the Licensing Act 2003.

The retail sale or supply of alcohol must be authorised by one or more alcohol licences, including personal and premises licences and Temporary Event Notices (TENs). The unauthorised sale or supply of alcohol is an offence punishable by a fine of up to £20,000 or a six-month term of imprisonment.

This factsheet explains the licences required to sell or supply alcohol in England and Wales. It also explains how to apply for a licence and the costs involved.

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