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A lot of premises licences these days include permitted extensions of hours for Bank Holidays.  There are still some licences that do not provide permitted extensions and may even prohibit trading on Good Friday for example.  It is certainly worth having a look at your premises licence to see what it permits and whether in fact it restricts trading on public holidays.

If your premises licence does not permit trading on Bank Holidays or provides no specific extension then you can apply for a Temporary Event Notice.  You are permitted to apply for 12 Temporary Events Notices in a calendar year covering an aggregate period of 21 days. Temporary Events Notices periods operate within a 24 hour clock, so if you wish to have an event extending your licensable hours from 11pm until 1am, for example, you could do this with one Temporary Event Notice but it would take up two days of your entitlement (further restrictions apply). Temporary Events Notices are a cheap way of applying for an extension of hours for particular occasions. For a more permanent solution please seek our advice on applying to vary your licence and feel free to contact Matt Foster on 0191 212 7702 or email mfoster@mincoffs.co.uk if you require any further guidance in relation to Temporary Events Notices.

The Bank Holidays for 2015 are set out below.
 NEW YEARS DAY  1 JANUARY
 GOOD FRIDAY  3 APRIL
 EASTER MONDAY 6 APRIL
 EARLY MAY BANK HOLIDAY 4 MAY
 SPRING BANK HOLIDAY 25 MAY
 SUMMER BANK HOLIDAY 31 AUGUST
 CHRISTMAS DAY 25 DECEMBER
 BOXING DAY
28 DECEMBER
(substitute Bank Holiday in lieu of 26th December as 26th falls on a weekend)

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