The Licensing Act 2003

Licensing objectives

  • Prevention of crime and disorder
  • Public safety
  • Prevention of public nuisance
  • Protection of children from harm

The criteria this service requires to meet objectives 1 and 4 above: when completing part P(e) of the application form which is found in the Operating Schedule section, please make reference to the following points.


The premises shall have sufficient cameras located within the premises to cover all public areas including outside of the premises covering the entrance and exit. The system will be able to cope with strobe lighting (where used) and all levels of illumination throughout the premises as well as outside areas.

CCTV warning signs to be fitted in public places.

The CCTV system must be operating at all times whilst the premises are open for licensable activity. All equipment shall have a constant and accurate time and date generation.

The recording system will be able to capture a minimum of 4 frames per second and all recorded footage must be securely retained for a minimum of 28 days.

Records must be made on a weekly basis and kept for inspection to show that the system is functioning correctly and that data is being securely retained.

The Designated Premises Supervisor (DPS) or premises manager must be able to demonstrate that the CCTV system has measures to prevent recordings being tampered with, ie password protected.

There shall be sufficient members of trained staff at the premises during operating hours to be able to provide viewable copies immediately to police on request when investigating allegations of offences or criminal activity. Any images recovered must be in a viewable format on either disc or VHS. Footage supplied in a digital format on CD or DVD will also have a copy of the CCTV system software enabled on the disc to allow playback.

In the event of technical failure of the CCTV equipment the Premises Licence holder/DPS MUST report the failure to the Police Licensing Unit within 24 hours.

Refusals book

A written log shall be kept of all refusals including refusals to sell alcohol. The Premises Licence Holder shall ensure that the refusals log is checked, signed and dated on a weekly basis by the store manager/manageress.

The refusals log will be kept and maintained at the premises and will be available for inspection immediately upon request by Hampshire Constabulary and any responsible authority.

The record of refusals will be retained for 12 months.

Challenge 25

There will be a Challenge 25 policy operating at the premises. Challenge 25 means that the holder of the premises licence shall ensure that every individual, who visually appears to be under 25 years of age and is seeking to purchase or be supplied with alcohol at the premises or from the premises, shall produce identification proving that individual to be 18 years of age or older.

Acceptable identification for the purposes of age verification will include a driving licence, passport or photographic identification bearing the PASS” logo and the persons date of birth.

If the person seeking alcohol is unable to produce acceptable means of identification, no sale or supply of alcohol will be made to or for that person.

‘Challenge 25’ posters shall be displayed in prominent positions at the premises.


Staff will be trained regarding appropriate precautions to prevent the sale of alcohol to persons under the age of 18, the signs and symptoms of drunk persons and the refusal of sale due to intoxication. Records will be kept of such training which must be signed and dated by the member of staff who has received that training.

All staff will receive refresher training every six months as a minimum and records are to be kept of this refresher training which should be signed and dated by the member of staff who received that training.

In addition to their training a written test related to the training given will be conducted before the staff member is permitted to sell or authorise alcohol. The test will consist of a minimum of ten questions of which the pass rate is 80%. Anyone who fails to reach the prescribed pass rate will be retrained and re-tested. Anyone not attaining the pass rate will not be permitted to sell or authorise the sale of alcohol until the pass rate is attained. There will be a minimum of two sets of questions to be used in the training which will be rotated upon each subsequent six month training session.

All training records will be made immediately available for inspection by Hampshire Constabulary and any responsible Authority upon request. Training records will be kept for a minimum period of two years. Training records will be kept on the licensed premises to which they relate to.