Licensing hours (under Licensing Act 2003) to be extended to mark Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

On 29 December 2021, we reported on a Home Office consultation proposal to relax licensing hours in England and Wales to mark HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on 2 June 2022

On 21 March 2022, the following written statement was made in the House of Commons by Kit Malthouse MP (Minister of State for Crime & Policing) and in the House of Lords by Baroness Williams of Trafford (Home Office Minister of State) confirming that, in line with that proposal, licensing hours under the Licensing Act 2003 for existing licensed premises in England and Wales will be extended on the nights of Thursday 2 June, Friday 3 June and Saturday 4 June. The statement reads as follows:

Extending licensing hours to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

The Government has consulted on, and will be proceeding with the proposal to, make a Licensing Hours Order under Section 172 of the Licensing Act 2003 to relax licensing hours in England and Wales to mark the Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and to celebrate the longest reigning Monarch in the United Kingdom.

The Order being laid before the House today, will apply to premises already licensed until 11pm for the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises, for the provision of late-night refreshment (only where there is also the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises), and for the provision of regulated entertainment in England and Wales. The Order will extend the licensing hours for such premises from 11pm to 1am the following day, on Thursday 2 June, Friday 3 June, and Saturday 4 June.

An Impact Assessment is being prepared and will be published alongside the Order on legislation.gov.uk.