Opening Checklist

Before you open the doors there are one or two things you should ensure are in order before pulling the first pint of the day.  To help you here are a few bullet points of what you should look out for:

  • Is the original or a Certified Copy of the Premises Licence Summary on display where it can easily seen by members of the public?
  • Do you have original or a certified copy of the premises licence available for production upon request?
  • If you have a Licensed Premises Gaming Machine Permit is the original or a certified copy available for production upon request?
  • If the holder of the premises licence is not present on site, is there a notice nominating another person to have custody of the licences displayed?
  • Is the current Designated Premises Supervisor recorded on the licence?
  • Do you have a written age verification policy (e.g. Challenge 21 or Challenge 25) available for production upon request?
  • Are you familiar with the Conditions and hours of your licence, are you complying with them all?
  • Are all Personal Licence Holders on duty able to produce their personal licences upon request?
  • Are you displaying the necessary no smoking signage?

In addition to these licensing requirements you are also subject to requirements under the Health Act, Data Protection Act (if using CCTV), employer’s liability legislation and weight & measures laws.


Certified Copy

Is usually a photocopy of an original document certified as a true copy of the original by getting it signed and dated by a professional person or someone well-respected in your community (‘of good standing’) 


Conditions are either mandatory or non-mandatory.  All premises are subject to a number of mandatory conditions, these differ between premises licensed to sell alcohol for consumption on the premises and those licensed to sell alcohol for consumption off the premises.  In addition to the mandatory conditions a number of bespoke requirements can be imposed on individual licences and are legally enforceable, these are referred to an non-mandatory conditions.

Personal Licence Holder

A licence granted pursuant to s.111 of Licensing Act 2003 by a licensing authority to an individual authorising that person to supply alcohol, or authorise the supply of alcohol , in accordance with the terms of a premises licence.

Premises Licence

A licence issued pursuant to the Licensing Act 2003 or Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 as appropriate, authorising a defined area to be used for one or more licensable activity.

Premises Licence Summary

Is an official summary of the Premises Licence and either the original or certified copy should be prominently displayed within your premises.