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The Sober Reality: Extending Alcohol Sales to 24/7

Many, many of our customers are asking us to get them 24/7 opening.  No problem – it’s what we do and have done it many times.  If you are thinking of applying, please read this following article in order to understand what the Council Departments, Police and local residents will all be concerned about.
In the complex world of licensing and late-night opening, the idea of extending alcohol sales to 24/7 brings with it both promises and perils.  As we apply for 24hr Opening for our clients in a landscape governed by the Licensing Act 2003 and local Statements of Licensing Policy, let’s explore the serious considerations that come with this proposition.
The Prominent Advantages:
Convenience at All Hours:  The primary advantage of allowing alcohol sales 24/7 is the convenience it offers to consumers. In a fast-paced world, where time is of the essence, having access to a Convenience Store and the alcohol within, at any time of the day or night can be seen as a service to those with unpredictable schedules.
Economic Boost:  Extending alcohol sales hours can enhance profits by generating additional revenue for businesses.  More hours mean more opportunities for sales, which in turn can positively impact the financial health of these Convenience Stores.
The Weighty Pitfalls:
Licensing Act 2003 Compliance:  The Licensing Act 2003 is the cornerstone of regulations governing alcohol sales.  Extending hours requires meticulous compliance with this legal framework, ensuring that establishments adhere to the guidelines for responsible alcohol service and prevent any breaches.
Public Nuisance and Noise Complaints:  The prospect of 24/7 alcohol sales raises concerns about potential public nuisance and noise disturbances.  Late-night activities, particularly those associated with alcohol consumption, may disrupt the peace and quiet of residential areas, leading to complaints and regulatory issues.  You can expect to accept conditions regarding controlling noise around the shop.
Increased Risk of Alcohol-Related Incidents:  Extending alcohol sales hours may elevate the risk of alcohol-related incidents, including anti-social behavior, accidents, and health issues. Striking a balance between accessibility and responsible service becomes crucial to mitigate these risks, including the strict refusal of sales of alcohol to drunken or noisy people.
Impact on Public Health:  Prolonged alcohol sales hours could have implications for public health, including increased alcohol consumption and related health issues. Local councils must weigh the economic benefits against potential adverse effects on the well-being of the community.  If you do not have it on your Licence already, you can expect to have a condition added to the new Licence concerning the restricting the maximum strength of lager, beer and cider you can sell – maybe to 5.5 to 6.5% ABV.
Enforcement Challenges:  The 24/7 model requires robust enforcement measures to ensure establishments are in compliance with licensing regulations.  Local authorities face challenges in monitoring and maintaining control over an extended timeframe, necessitating efficient mechanisms for oversight.
In Conclusion:
The decision to extend alcohol sales to 24/7 is a delicate matter that demands careful consideration.  While the advantages offer convenience, economic growth, the pitfalls highlight the importance of stringent compliance, managing public nuisance concerns, and addressing potential health and safety risks.