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Last Updated:July 29, 2014

WSTA’s Guide to Licensing in England and Wales

Guidance on the Licensing Act 2003 and the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011.


  • Introduction
  • Licensable Activities
  • Premises Licences
  • Personal Licences
  • Wholesale and Distance Selling
  • Tasting Events
  • Temporary Event Notices
  • Early Morning Restriction Orders
  • Preventing Underage Sales
  • Points to remember


The Licensing Act 2003 established a system of licensing for the sale and supply of alcohol, the
provision of entertainment to the public and the provision of late night refreshment in England and
Wales. This was amended by the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, which attempted
to rebalance the licensing system in favour of the public, local authorities and the police.
This document is not intended to be a substitute for legislation and is only a guide for WSTA members
and non-members. Businesses are advised to take legal advice or consult their local authority
licensing department before applying any of the information provided in this document to specific
issues or transactions.

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