Q: Our bowling club committee is in a quandary. We need to know whether we require a personal licence holder to operate the bar. At the moment we have a premises licence issued by the local licensing board against which we have had special licences and late licences and this amounts to total contact with the authorities. Can you please advise if we are operating properly?
Q: Can a licence be granted to a restaurant with the provision that customers are prohibited from standing at the bar area and from accompanying other customers already seated there? When I recently visited a city restaurant, there were a number of unoccupied bar stools available for customers but not enough for our party. We were told by a member of staff that the licence prevented anyone from standing in the bar area, although we were waiting for a table to become available. Could that be correct?
Q: My personal licence is due to expire on August 31 and I know I need to get a renewal application submitted well ahead of the May 31 deadline. When I was looking for training, I came across a college website suggesting that a personal licence was needed by anyone serving alcohol or “working behind a bar”. All staff in my pub have been trained on the two-hour course but there are only two personal licence holders. Are we complying with the law?
Q: I took my eye off the ball and didn’t complete refresher training in time resulting in my personal licence being revoked. To maintain my employment as a duty manager I need to get this sorted quickly. Is there still a five-year ban in making a new application? Can I use the training qualification I obtained in 2011?
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