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Last Updated: Friday, 21 January 2005, 16:33 GMT
At-a-glance: Drink law changes
Here are the key points of the government's new licensing regime for pubs, bars and clubs in England and Wales:

  • People who get three on-the-spot fines or convictions for booze-related offences face a ban from bars

  • Problem premises will be told to clean up their act in eight weeks or face extra policing costs, a so-called yellow card for pubs

  • Large pubs in town centres will have to pay more in license fees

  • Responsibility for administering licences will be removed from magistrates and given to local authorities

  • Problem areas will be designated 'Alcohol Disorder Zones'

  • On the spot fines for under-age people caught trying to buy booze and for bar staff serving drunks

  • 48 hour shut downs for premises caught selling alcohol to minors

  • Ministers hope measures will be in place by the time the new laws come into effect, in November

  • No ban for happy hours but a code of practice will be drawn up by the drink industry prohibiting promotions encouraging speed drinking and excessive consumption

  • Premises applying for a licence will face a one-off fee and then an annual charge thereafter which will be graded according to size and location

  • The largest city or town centre pubs will pay a 1,905 initial application fee and an annual fee of 1,050 to the local authority - smaller pubs will pay 100 with a 70 annual fee


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