Date of Screening: 25/03/2022
Screening Outcome - Full EQIA recommended: No
Under the 1996 Order certain kinds of premises may be granted a licence to sell intoxicating liquor to the public. The Licensing and Registration of Clubs (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2021 (“the Act”) amends the 1996 Order to add premises in which alcoholic drinks are produced to the kinds of premises which may apply for a liquor licence.
A licence holder is authorised to sell their alcoholic drinks for consumption off the production premises only unless a suitability order under Article 52E of the Order (inserted by section 11 of the Act) has been granted, and an authorisation for specific dates has been granted under Article 52F.
Article 52E and 52F allows for a licence holder to be able to apply for a suitability order and an authorisation at the same time as applying for the initial liquor licence, at a county court. A suitability order and/or an authorisation may also be granted at a later date by a magistrates' court.