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The New Law


Covers the application and regulation of licences, local authority decision making and the new laws on the Code of Conduct for councillors

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The Licensing Act 2003 marked a major shift in licensing law and practice by introducing a new and unified system of alcohol and entertainment licensing. All of those involved in implementing, enforcing and advising upon the new regime need to have a detailed knowledge of the Act and subsequent regulations and guidance.

 The second edition of this popular guide has been extensively revised and updated to provide complete coverage of the new regime which came into force in November 2005, with references to the final version of the Secretary of State's guidance. It covers the application and regulation of licences, and sections of the book dealing with local authority decision making now include the new laws on the Code of Conduct for councillors.

 The authors, both practitioners and specialists in this area, give a clear and coherent account of the new regime and explain its implications for licensing practice. They address the practical issues and problems surrounding the Act, including those which have become apparent during the lead up to the implementation of the legislation. The book reproduces the Act in full, together with all the regulations and guidance.

 An invaluable resource for all those who advise on licensing issues, apply for licences, or who are responsible for regulating and enforcing the new law.
  • History and background to licensing law
  • How things will change
  • Licensing objectives
  • Licensable activities
  • The new licensing authorities
  • Licensing policies and guidance issued by the secretary of state
  • Premises licenses
  • Clubs
  • Temporary events
  • Personal licences
  • Offences
  • Closure of premises
  • Hearings
  • Appeals
  • Transitional provisions


  • Licensing Act 2003
  • Guidance issued under Section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003
  • The Licensing Act 2003 (Personal Licences) Regulations 2005, SI 2005/41
  • The Licensing Act 2003 (Hearings) Regulations 2005, SI 2005/44
  • The Licensing Act 2003 (Hearings) (Amendment) Regulations 2005, SI 2005/78
  • The Licensing Act 2003 (Premises Licences and Club Premises Certificates) Regulations 2005, SI 2005/42
  • The Licensing Act 2003 (Licensing Authority's Register) (Other Information) Regulations 2005, SI 2005/43
  • Draft Licensing Act 2003 (Permitted Temporary Activities) (Notices) Regulations 2005
"a book to be kept close at hand by practitioners and all who are interested in procedures and applications under LA 2003"

"provides exceptional value for money ... I can highly recommend this book as providing a good grounding in the new Licensing Act and its likely effect both on courts and local authorities"

 The Justices' Clerk

"This book will prove genuinely useful to all sectors of its putative readership ... It categorically achieves its aims"

 New Law Journal

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