Liquor Licensing this Christmas and New Year 2015

December 16, 2015

The Licensing (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 regulates the sale of alcohol within Northern Ireland and
sets out trading hours for the various categories of licence. It is important to note that at Christmas the
licensing hours vary from normal trading hours. In terms of Christmas trading hours the Licensing (NI)
Order 1996 sets down a restriction on hours of trade on Christmas Day.
Some licence holders may have applied for an Article 44 Additional Permitted Hours Certificate which
enables them to trade for an additional 2 hours each day. There is no extension to normal trading
hours on Christmas Day even where an Article 44 additional permitted hours certificate is in force.
It is for individual licence holders to check their own licence to determine what type of licence they
hold and whether an Article 44 Certificate applies to their premises.
The hours for trade for the Christmas period 2015/16 are as follows:-
For licences granted under Article 5(1)(a), (c)-(j) (Pub, hotel, guest house, restaurant,
conference centre, higher education institution, place of public entertainment, refreshment
room in public transport premises and a seamen’s canteen)
Tuesday 22 December 11.30 am – 11pm
Wednesday 23 December 11.30 am – 11pm
Thursday 24 December (Christmas Eve) 11.30 am – 11pm
Friday 25 December (Christmas Day) 12.30 pm – 10.00 pm
Saturday 26 December 11.30 am – 11pm
Sunday 27 December 12.30 pm – 10pm
Monday 28 December-Saturday 2nd January 11.30 am – 11pm
For licences granted under Article 5(1)(a), (c) – (j) (Pub, hotel, guest house, restaurant,
conference centre, higher education institution, place of public entertainment, refreshment
room in public transport premises and a seamen’s canteen) where a certificate of additional
hours is in place
Tuesday 22 December 11.30 am – 1.00am the following day
Wednesday 23 December 11.30 am – 1.00am the following day
Thursday 24 December (Christmas Eve) 11.30 am – 12.00 am the following day
Friday 25 December (Christmas Day) 12.30 pm – 10.00 pm
Saturday 26 December 11.30 am – 1.00 am the following day
Sunday 27 December 12.30 pm – 12.00 midnight
Monday 28 December-Saturday 2nd January 11.30 am – 1.00 am the following day
For licences granted under Article 5(1)(b) (Off-sales/Mixed trading)
Tuesday 22 December 8 am – 11pm
Wednesday 23 December 8 am – 11pm
Thursday 24 December (Christmas Eve) 8am – 11pm
Friday 25 December (Christmas Day) CLOSED – licensing laws do not permit sale of
alcohol from an off-sales/mixed trade store on
Christmas Day
Saturday 26 December 8am – 11pm
Sunday 27 December 10am -10pm
Monday 28 December-Saturday 2nd January 8am – 11pm
We take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
This article has been produced for general information purposes and further advice should be sought from a professional
advisor.
Please contact Louise Coll of our Licensing team at Cleaver Fulton Rankin for further advice or information.