Are you ready to renew your liquor licence this September 2017?

May 5, 2017

This Summer 2017 marks the quinquennial anniversary of liquor licensing renewals for all licences in Northern Ireland. Whether you hold a pub, off-licence, restaurant, hotel or conference centre licence, all licences must be renewed by September 2017.

The Licensing (NI) Order 1996 sets the requirement that every five years all licences must be renewed. A renewal takes the form of a straightforward application to the relevant Magistrates’ Court in the division in which the premises are located and are often completed on an administrative basis by the Clerk of Petty Sessions. The five year renewal period applies to all liquor licences, even where a new licence has been granted within the last five years, an application to renew these such licences must be made. A licence can be renewed where no alterations have been made to the licensed premises. However, if alterations have been made to premises without the necessary modification application to the Court then it is important to seek legal advice on how to proceed.

All applications to renew a licence must be received by the Court and other relevant statutory bodies during the summer period, it is therefore imperative that you commence the renewal process as soon as possible. Where an application to regularise licensed premises which have been altered without Court consent is required then this must be acted upon immediately, particularly given that the County Court in Northern Ireland is closed over the summer months.

Cleaver Fulton Rankin has an experienced licensing team who are happy to discuss the renewal process and any issues relating to your licence and licensed premises.

This article had been produced for general information purposes and further advice should be sought from a professional advisor. Please contact our Licensing Team at Cleaver Fulton Rankin for further advice or information.

Louise Coll, Associate, Licensing Unit , Cleaver Fulton Rankin Solicitors, DD 02890 271311