Councils given licence review powers

19 January, 2010

The government has granted local authorities the power to call for a review of a premises licence without receiving a complaint from the police or local residents.

The measure comes in on January 29 and is part of a package of measures in a proposed mandatory code for alcohol retailers announced by Home Secretary Alan Johnson.

The code will also impose a set of conditions on all drinks retailers, though most will apply principally to on-trade outlets.

They include a compulsory age-verification policy and the legal requirement to check ID for anyone who looks under 18.

On-trade outlets will also see all-you-can-drink and "dentist's chair" promotions banned, have to offer free tap water and smaller measures of alcoholic drinks.

The proposals will be implemented in two stages, in April and October.

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