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Licenced premises urged to be well prepared for Christmas

North Wales Police and Denbighshire County Council are urging licensed premises to be well prepared for the festive period.

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Licensees are reminded to ensure intended activities are covered by your licence/certificate or an exemption and any extended hours planned are within those permitted by your licence.

Chief Inspector Andrew Williams said: “Everyone has a part to play in ensuring a safe and vibrant nightlife across Denbighshire.

“Good planning before we get into the weeks and days before Christmas and New Year can help make it a successful and safe time for everyone.”


Cllr Tony Thomas, the Council’s lead member for Housing, Regulation and the Environment, said: “Licensees will be aware of their licence conditions but they should just take time to check their conditions to ensure there are no restrictions on the proposed activities.

“If there will be any activities outside the scope of their licence then they will need to obtain a temporary event notice.”

Other points for licensees to consider include:

  • Ensure that any temporary staff are fully trained in their responsibilities and that they are authorised to sell alcohol.
  • Refresher training is recommended for all existing staff as a reminder of their responsibilities, which can be overlooked during busy periods.
  • Remind staff that they should not sell alcohol to under 18’s.   All premises should implement an age restriction policy, such as Challenge 25, and keep a refusals book.
  • Remind staff that they should not sell alcohol to persons who appear to be drunk.   All premises should follow the principles of the “Time for Home” initiative and refuse to serve anyone who is clearly drunk.
  • Be aware that any proposed drinks’ promotion does not breach the mandatory licence conditions.
  • Ensure that any door staff employed are licensed with the Security Industry Authority and wear their badges.
  • Take steps to prevent any activities causing a nuisance to neighbours, including regular monitoring of noise levels.
  • Check the CCTV system is operational
  • Have a list of call out numbers, not just for emergency services but to ensure the premise can operate throughout (electrician, plumber CCTV etc.)

If you require advice or guidance on licensing matters please contact a member of the licensing team on 01824 706342 or [email protected] to discuss your requirements.