Consultation on Liquor Licensing (Occasional Licences) (Temporary Modification) Order 2019

Closed 1 Nov 2019

Opened 30 Sep 2019


We are seeking views on proposed amendments, by Order, to the Licensing Act 1995.

The purpose of the draft Order is to temporarily modify section 14 of the Act (occasional licences) so as to enable an occasional licence to be granted for a period of a maximum of 21 days in total from Wednesday 27 May 2020 to Tuesday 16 June 2020, being the TT qualification and race period and adjoining days.

What this means in effect is the short term licence to serve alcohol in a temporary venue i.e. a “beer tent”, “pop-up bar” or similar, that is granted to a licensee around the TT 2020 period when entertainment venues are located in alternative placed than a pub/bar; that temporary venue will be able to open for up to a total of 21 days, as outlined above, rather than the present allowance of 14 days.

Why We Are Consulting

To give people an opportunity to comment on the draft Order and the changes it makes to the Licensing Act 1995.

The Department engages with the licensed trade on a regular basis through the Licensing Forum (which consists of representatives of the various bodies of which licensees in the Island are members). It is recognised the TT period is very important to the trade and so, working with the Department for Enterprise, it is desired to explore ways to enable some of the infrastructure and entertainment associated with it to be enjoyed by visitors and locals alike over a longer period. For this reason the Department proposes through the draft Order to provide, for a trial period in 2020, that the standard maximum occasional license period of 14 days be extended to 21 days to include the days immediately adjoining the TT qualifying and race period.

The purpose of this short consultation document is to gather the views of those who may be impacted by the proposed trial, and any other views from members of the public in general.

What Happens Next

Following this consultation exercise, any comments arising in response to the proposed changes will be considered by the Department, in conjunction with the Department for Enterprise, and members of the Licensing Forum. Depending on the nature of the responses, the draft Order will either be amended and submitted to a subsequent sitting of Tynwald, or withdrawn. This all depends on the views expressed.


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