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Serving Alcohol Salon Guidelines

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Needing a licence for serving alcohol in your salon or barbers may not cross your mind – but even if you’re just giving a complimentary glass of prosecco, if it’s alongside a paid-for service, it is considered as part of the sale and therefore you need a licence.

Which Licences Do I Need When Serving Alcohol in my Salon or Barbers?

Get in contact with your local council if you’re thinking about serving alcohol in your salon or barbers. They will be able to provide you with the correct advice for your local area and the application forms to start the process.

You will also need the two following licences:

a) A Personal Licence

This is a licence which authorises your salon owner/manager to sell alcohol. Once you receive your personal licence, your salon owner/manager will become the ‘designated premises supervisor’, which means the person in charge of drinks sales.

You will also need a ‘National Certificate for Personal Licence Holders’. You can do this inexpensively on a one-day course or with an online course available from many providers. You need this to be aware of licensing law and the wider social responsibilities involved in the sale of alcohol.

b) A Premises Licence

This is a licence for the salon itself, which can cost between £100 and £635, depending on the rateable value of your business. You will also need to renew and pay for this licence each year.

The law - Implications of Serving Alcohol Without a Licence

If you serve alcohol without a licence the penalties can be stiff. You can be fined up to £20,000 and even sent to jail for six months.

The law - When Would I Not Need a Licence?

The only time you wouldn’t need a licence for your salon is a one-off celebration, party or charity event – most importantly when the guest isn’t having a haircut or receiving any other service from you.

But nevertheless, it's always best to check with your local council to be sure. Better safe than sorry after all.

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