Licensing law



Central database of alcohol licences could be established

A central database of alcohol licences in Northern Ireland could be introduced following the most comprehensive changes to liquor licensing laws since 1996.

Published 8 June 2021

Outdoor pubs which flout guidelines could face licensing problems next year

Outdoor pubs and restaurants which fail to take public health guidelines seriously following the reopening of the hospitality sector this Friday could lose their licences next year, a Belfast lawyer has warned.

Published 28 April 2021

Licensing reform bill introduced to Stormont after Covid-19 delay

Legislation to modernise Northern Ireland's liquor licensing laws has been introduced in the Assembly.

Published 20 October 2020

Rules on sale of alcohol in pubs and clubs to be eased

Some restrictions on the sale of alcohol in pubs and nightclubs are set to be relaxed under new proposed liquor licensing legislation.

Published 17 July 2020

Cathy Colton: The legal pitfalls of altering licensed premises

Cathy Colton, partner at Carson McDowell, considers the legal pitfalls for businesses considering changes to licensed premises following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

Published 16 June 2020

PSNI preparing enforcement action against 'Guinness-on-wheels' service

Police are preparing enforcement action for alleged licensing law breaches against a pub which has been delivering pints of Guinness during the lockdown.

Published 20 April 2020

New restrictions on alcohol advertising come into effect

New laws aimed at removing alcohol advertising from the "day-to-day lives" of children have come into effect.

Published 13 November 2019

New consultation launched on liquor licensing laws

A new consultation on the law relating to the retail sale and supply of alcoholic drinks in Northern Ireland has been launched.

Published 16 October 2019

Businesses call for 'comprehensive' licensing law reform to support local producers

Northern Ireland businesses have called for "wide reaching, comprehensive" reforms to licensing laws in order to support local producers.

Published 17 April 2019