The Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2011

September 3, 2012

New legislation and proof of age scheme came into effect on 1 May 2012 to combat underage drinking and introduced a new penalty points system for breaking the law.

The proof of age scheme specifies for the first time, acceptable proof-of-age documentation for licensed premises and registered clubs. Establishments will be required to display notices describing offences relating to the sale of alcohol to young people under the age of 18 and the purchase of alcohol by, or for, under 18s. The notice will also refer to the documents approved for the purposes of proving age.

The Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 will enable a Court, following conviction, to endorse penalty points on a liquor license or a clubs certification of registration for breaches of the law including such offences as underage sales. On accumulation of 10 penalty points within any three year period a licence or certificate will be suspended for a minimum of one week and a maximum of three months.

For further information please contact Karen Blair, Claire McNally or Louise Coll.


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