The previous 7 types of licences (e.g Public Houses and Off-Sales) were replaced with a premises licence. Premises licences applications must be accompanied by an operating plan, layout plan and certificates in terms of Section 50 of the Act from Building Control, Environmental Health and Planning. A premises manager must be appointed and that person must hold a personal licence.
Once granted a premises licence runs for an indefinite period, providing and annual fee is paid. The premises must be operated in accordance with the operating plan. Changes to the operating plan may be made by applying for a variation. All premises are subject to mandatory conditions. Local conditions may be added by the Licensing Board.