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The Licensing Act 2003 Statement Of Licensing Policy January 2021

Proxy Sales and Alcohol Deliveries

Proxy Sales

Adequate procedures must be in place to ensure that all members of staff working at the premises are routinely trained and regularly reminded of their responsibilities in relation to the issue of proxy sales of alcohol to children. Operators shall ensure that all reasonable steps and procedures are in place and implemented to prevent adults purchasing alcohol for those underage.

The Council will look closely at any evidence of involvement in the sale of alcohol either directly to minors or indirectly, via adult intermediaries, in cases where the vendor could reasonably have been expected to predict the outcome but failed to take appropriate action.

Alcohol Deliveries

An applicant seeking a licence that will enable them to provide alcohol as part of an alcohol delivery service should include in their operating schedule the procedures they intend to implement to ensure that:

  • the person they are selling alcohol to is at least 18 years of age
  • the alcohol is delivered to a person who is at least 18 years of age
  • a clear document trail of the order process from order, dispatch from the licensed premises and delivery to the customer is maintained (with times and signatures) and available for inspection by an authorised officer
  • the time the alcohol is sold and the time the alcohol is delivered is within the hours stated on the licence for the sale of alcohol