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Alcohol, Entertainment and Late Night Food

Business and Planning Act 2020

The Act came into force on 22nd July 2020. The provisions in the Act temporarily modify the Licensing Act 2003 to provide an automatic extension to the terms of most premises licences which only permit the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises to allow the sale of alcohol for consumption off the premises.

You must notify the Licensing team if you have commenced off-sales under this temporary extension. This can be done by emailing licensing@dover.gov.uk with the name and address of your premises, and a start date in which you intend to commence using this temporary extension to your licence. 

This will make it easier for licensed premises to sell alcohol to customers for consumption off the premises in England and Wales, which will allow businesses to trade and maintain social distancing. Please see the links below for further information about how to make use of the new entitlements and template Section 172F Statements.

Business and Planning Act Guidance - click here
Section 172F(2) Statement Template
Section 172F(5) Statement Template

For more detailed information please click here

Licensing Act 2003

The Licensing Act 2003 sets a number of activities that must be licensed:

  • Sale of alcohol by retail
  • Supply of alcohol in a members club
  • The provision of regulated entertainment
    (plays, film exhibitions, indoor sporting events, boxing or wrestling, live music,  provision of recorded music and performance of dance or dancing)
  • Late Night Refreshment 
    (the provision of hot food and hot drink to the public between 11pm and 5am on any day)

Temporary Event Notices

For licensable activities in a period not exceeding 168 hours

Premises Licences

For a premises to be used for one or more licensable activity

Personal Licences

To sell or supply alcohol or authorise the sale or supply of alcohol

Club Premises Certificate

A qualifying club can carry out licensable activities

Register of Licences

A searchable list of all of the licences we have issued

Current Applications

Details of the current applications to grant new licences


Alcohol, Entertainment & Late Night Food licence fees


How to complain and the process we follow

Reviews & Appeals

We carry out licence reviews, hearings and appeals

Also in Alcohol, Entertainment and Late Night Food Licensing


Contact the Licensing Section

Telephone: 01304 872295 E-mail: licensing@dover.gov.uk