Jo Soar

Associate

Licensing


Spring is in the air - how the arrival of British Summer Time can affect your Licence

Jo Soar

We all look forward to the lighter nights but are you aware of the effect that the

commencement of British Summer Time can have on your licence?

British Summer Time commences at 1am on Sunday 31st March when the clocks automatically move forward by one hour to become 2am.

Unless there is a specific reference in the licence to the commencement of British Summer Time, you will lose one hour.
If your licence has a terminal hour of 2am for the sale of alcohol with opening hours until 2.30am, it will be necessary to close immediately at 1am when the clocks go forward and automatically become 2am.

To avoid losing one hour, a ‘Late’ Temporary Event Notice can be given to extend the timings for the additional hour provided it is submitted by Friday 22 March.

Whilst it is too late for a permanent variation of the licence in time for this year, please contact us to discuss how you can amend the hours in the licence for the future to ensure that British Summer time is covered.

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