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 is 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 the holder of the Premises Licence is not present on site, is there a notice nominating another person to have custody of the licences been posted?
  • Are you displaying a notice confirming when and where children and young persons may be admitted to the premises?
  • Are you displaying a notice confirming it is an offence for a person under the age of 18 to buy or attempt to buy alcohol?
  • If you have a Licensed Premises Gaming Machine Permit is the original or a certified copy available for production upon request?
  • Is the current Designated Premises Manager recorded on the licence?
  • Do you have a written ‘Challenge 25’ policy 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?
  • Do you have a list of all members of staff authorised to sell alcohol?  Is it up to date?
  • For staff authorised to sell alcohol, have they completed the mandatory 2 hour training?  Are their training records up to date, signed and dated by the staff member?
  • 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’) 

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.