Smoking and licensed premises

From 1 July 2007, England became smoke-free under the Health Act 2006.

The new law covers every licensed premises. Premises Licence holders may be considering providing facilities for their customers to allow them to smoke.

Depending on your individual circumstances, it may be that, as a Premises Licence holder, you will either have to formally vary your Premises Licence, or seek an informal amendment to your plan of the licensed premises.

You may also have to obtain a change in your planning permission and in some cases obtain permission from the Highways Authority for a pavement licence.

The Licensing Authority will consider every case on its merits and you should contact the Licensing Section for further information.