Social law

Information on the development of policy and promotion of legislation on liquor licensing, gambling, clubs registration, drinking in public bye-laws, pavement cafés, opening hours for shops, street trading, and the control of unauthorised encampments.

The Liquor Licensing laws changed on 6 April 2023

Legislation and leaflets

Social Policy Unit is responsible for the following legislation:

Information, leaflets and guides


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Access to information

How to request information from the Department for Communities including Freedom of Information (FOI) and the use of our Publication Scheme. You may also request your own personal information, via a Right of Access Request.

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