Serving alcohol at a hair salon in Hereford, Gloucester and Malvern. Do I need a licence to sell alcohol?
Every week, I receive calls from hair salons, barber shops and beauty parlours asking if they need a licence to serve alcohol at their premises.
It is very common for premises such as these, to offer a complimentary glass of prosecco or the like. The legal point here is very important. Remember, before the customer leaves the salon, they pay. The drink is not complimentary as the price of the drink is, in reality, included in the price of the treatment. So, you are actually selling alcohol….and you will need a Premises Licence and a Personal Licence.
There is no way around this, unless you offer drink with no more than a 5% alcohol by volume (these drinks are excluded in the Licensing Act 2003), or offer non alcoholic drinks such as nosecco.
If you make a bona fide baregift of alcohol to another, then, of course, this is not a sale of alcohol. No offence occurs in these circumstances and you do not need a licence. True, it is somewhat confusing but remember, the penalty for selling alcohol without a licence is up to six months in prison and or, an unlimited fine.
I deliver the Highfield one-day Personal Licence course on a date to suit you. Just call me, Johnny Walker, on 07970 134 730 and I’ll explain how to get a Personal Licence without the fuss and tears. I carry a stock of the application forms and on the training day, we will complete these in readiness for the Personal Licence application to your local licensing authority. When you call me, I’ll go through all this with you.
Once you have become a Personal Licence holder, you can apply for your Premises Licence. During your Personal Licence training day, we will cover the basic rules of applying for a Premises Licence.
My advice is always free and totally without obligation, so please do call, here’s the number again, 07970 134 730. Cheers.