the licensing minister, James Purnell announced today.
24 November will signal the end of the outdated licensing system
beginning of a regime which recognises that the vast majority of
people should be treated like the adults they are and gives the
industry the flexibility to meet the needs of their customers.
Everyone who sells alcohol, puts on entertainment, or serves hot food
after 11pm must apply for a new licence to be able to trade under the
new laws - even if they don't want to change it.
Applications should be submitted by 6 August to be processed in time
for the new law to come into force.
Mr Purnell said:
'We have always said the new laws would come into force in November
and I'm pleased to be able to give the industry the certainty of a
'It's now time to focus on getting the applications in.
'If pubs, restaurants, takeaways and supermarkets don't have a new
licence in November, when the new law comes in, they won't be able to
trade. We recommend everyone puts their forms in now.'
1. James Purnell made the announcement during a Westminster Hall
adjournment debate today.
2. Since 7 February all licensed premises in England and Wales have
been able to apply for new alcohol and public entertainment licences.
3. All licensed premises have until 6 August to convert or vary their
existing licence. Licensees that apply after August 6 will lose their
grandfather rights - the rights they already have, such as their
existing opening hours - and have to apply for an entirely new