UK: The rules around street parties for the Jubilee – including drinking and music laws !

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Later this week, the UK will come together to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. To mark the occasion there has been a special extension for pub opening hours, with some premises able to stay open until 1am on the evenings of Thursday, June 2, Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4, 2022.

Many people will also be enjoying street parties in their neighbourhoods across the four-day Bank Holiday weekend. However, there are some legal considerations organisers could have potentially overlooked when it comes to the licensing rules around such events.

Licensing experts Poppleston Allen have explained what these implications may be and what organisers and those attending should be aware of.

What do those wanting to host a street party have to consider when taking up public space?

Any business or individual attempting to host a street party would need to liaise with the local highways authority. Not only would a street party probably require a street closure and/or permission to place tables, chairs and similar items on the public highway but also the street may need to be licensed for entertainment (depending on numbers attending and the entertainment provided) and for the sale of alcohol if it is being sold there.

What are the rules surrounding decorating outdoor spaces i.e. bunting on lamposts?

Those attempting to fix anything to council owned land or property should first seek permission from the local council before doing so.

Would they be allowed to have live music?

Live music for up to 500 people between 8am and 11pm should be permitted under The Live Music Act, assuming a street is a “workplace” but the sale of alcohol would require a temporary event notice (“TEN”) which have strict time limits associated with when they need to be issued. The street could only be licensed for the playing of recorded music or the sale of alcohol under a TEN if numbers attending (assuming it is open to the general public) in the area covered by the TEN do not exceed 499, including any staff. There are other exceptions under the Licensing Act with regards to regulated entertainment, and it is advisable to speak to the council before hosting any entertainment to ensure the right permission is attained.

Can food or drink sales be made at street parties?

Anyone selling food or drink or anything else for that matter on the public highway may require a Street Trading Licence but that would very much depend street to street and council to council so enquiries would need to be made of the relevant local authority.

Would laws be broken if financial contributions were accepted for providing alcohol at a party without a licence?

In practice it will be difficult to privatise a street party, so a TEN/Licence would be needed for the sale of alcohol. You cannot accept money or monies worth for providing alcohol without a licence, it must be wholly free or BYOB, or sold under a licence. The maximum fine for the sale of alcohol without the correct permission is unlimited.

Can drinks bought at licensed premises, i.e. a local pub, be drunk at street parties?

If alcohol is being consumed in the street but purchased in the licensed premises, the licensed premises would usually need to make sure it has permission for the sale of alcohol for consumption off the premises.

Does the extension of licensing only for ‘on sales’ mean after a certain time, I couldn’t buy a drink then drink out outside a pub or at a street party?

Yes, if the premises does not have the outside area or garden licensed, it is not within the premises and therefore would have to cease all off-sales at their usual time. This also applies to deliveries. Conditions relating to the use of outside areas still remain enforceable and timings on those will not be extended, so must continue to be adhered to.

Are there any legal implications to drinking alcohol in the street/a public area?

They would need to consider if there is a Public Spaces Protection Order under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 in place which would mean police or council officers could ask people drinking alcohol to stop drinking it or hand the drink over if those drinking are causing a nuisance or being anti-social.

Should hosts be taking noise levels into consideration?

Anyone responsible for running the event could face enforcement action under The Noise Act 1996, The Environmental Protection Act 1990 or The Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 should there be a noise nuisance.·

How do drinking age laws apply to home parties?

In terms of parties at home or private residences, it’s illegal to give alcohol to children under five, meanwhile, licensed premises should also be wary of alcohol deliveries to private residences/public spaces, as the offence of selling alcohol to someone under 18 is still caught through deliveries.

Are there any rules to bear in mind concerning raffles, tombolas or other games of chance/social gambling activities?

Street party organisers can provide an ‘incidental lottery’ which is used to raise funds for charities. However, there are several rules they would need to follow:

  • Promoters cannot deduct more than £500 from ticket sales to cover the costs of prizes:
  • A maximum of £100 may be deducted to covers reasonable costs such as the raffle tickets
  • Tickets must only be sold during the event
  • Results can be announced after the event to allow activities such as charitable balloon races

Meanwhile, no other form of games of chance would be permitted.

What time can entertainment continue on licensed premises allowed to open until 1.00am?

Regulated entertainment has been extended until 1am, as well as alcohol and late-night refreshment, for qualifying premises.

What time do I have to drink up and leave the pub?

Read more to find the answer to the most important question of 2022!

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