Proposed Alcohol Licensing Legislation Changes

Closed 18 Jan 2021

Opened 14 Dec 2020


The Department of Home Affairs is conducting this consultation to seek your views on planned changes to the alcohol licensing regime in the Island.

The consultation asks questions about the policy principles which will underpin forthcoming licensing legislation.  Please provide your comments on as many of the points as possible to ensure that we can fully understand and consider your views.

Why we are consulting

The present alcohol licensing regime on the Island is now outdated, overly bureaucratic and inflexible.

The Department, which has responsibility for the licensing regime, is conscious that any new system must balance several competing needs. Enabling economic growth through a more streamlined licensing procedure which is responsive to innovation, representing the needs of all those in the licensed trade and keeping the Island a healthy and safe place to live have all been considered. The Department has a long standing and positive relationship with the licensed trade and hopes to build on this in the future. 

Before bringing forward legislation that will fundamentally change the structure of licensing on the Island, the Department is looking to consult with all interested parties who might share their views on the policy and structure that will be put in place. This is a genuine opportunity for interested parties, key stakeholders, industry representatives, and colleagues across the government and legislature to come forward with their views that once received and considered will inform the changes brought forward in the draft licensing bill. 

This consultation covers the policy principles which inform the drafting of the legislation and will be open for the next 4 weeks. A Bill will follow that will also be subject to a briefer consultation early next year. We are reducing the usual timescales recommended for consultations because the progress of the Bill was delayed over the Covid pandemic and the Department is keen to ensure the Bill is given every chance to pass through the legislative process before the election in 2021.

This consultation will be open for the next 4 weeks with a Bill to follow that will also be subject to a briefer consultation early next year.


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