With the deadline for renewal of liquor licenses fast approaching, it is time to check you are fully prepared. All liquor licences in Northern Ireland must be renewed by the Court every five years. The last renewal date was September 2012 meaning, with few exceptions, the renewal process must be completed ahead of the September 2017 deadline. Now is the time for all licence holders to check that they have the original Liquor Licence, Entertainments Licences, and NITB Certificates where appropriate.
The renewal process itself is relatively straightforward and in most cases, save where the PSNI or Council are objecting to the renewal and, subject to all statutory proofs being in order, there will not be any court attendance required. This will be a matter for the relevant Court office to advise on however, they may insist on an appearance before the District Judge where for example it is the first application for renewal following the grant of the licence or where alterations, however minor, have taken place since the last renewal.
We do not recommend leaving this to the last minute, failure to renew within the appointed time can have unfortunate consequences. It can invalidate your licence and therefore jeopardise your business. Renewing out of time can be a very costly and worrying process so consulting a solicitor in advance could save you a lot of money and hassle!
Get in touch with our expert team for advice and assistance with the renewal process.