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Matters which should be considered by applicants when preparing their operating schedules and when considering submitting any application for new licences or variations of existing licences which are relevant to the four licensing objective:
Protection of Children from Harm
Restricting access of children to cigarette machines.
Restricting access of children to any gaming machines.
Restricting the access of children to areas in premises other than non-smoking areas.
Restricting access of children into premises which provide adult entertainment, where there is a strong element of gambling or there are known problems with drug taking or with underage sales.
Procedures to ensure that any customer coming on to the premises are over the age of 18 years.
The provision of registered door supervisors at the entrance to premises in order to ensure that the maximum capacity is not exceeded.
The provision of door supervisors at points between different rooms or different levels to ensure that the maximum occupancy for each room or level is not exceeded and the method for monitoring the capacity for the level/floor.
The proximity of any residents.
The provision of DJ announcement or other public announcements asking people to leave quietly having regard to the residential neighbours.
The provision of signage at all exists from the premises asking patrons to leave quietly and to have regard for residential neighbours.
The effective monitoring of queues and methods for dealing with people who are causing a disturbance in the queue.
Signage outside the premises advising patrons that they will not be allowed admission if they are causing a disturbance.
Door supervisors and other members of staff asking patrons to leave quietly.
Door supervisors positioned immediately outside the premises to ensure the quiet dispersal of customers.
The measures implemented for ensuring that patrons do not congregate outside the premises.
The provision of information to customers advising them of the most appropriate routes to the nearest transport facilities.
The position of the nearest car park/use of their own for park and if it will disturb any residents.
The provision of a free phone taxi service or other arrangements with taxi companies to collect patrons.
The implementation of a procedure of banning any customers who continually leave or arrive at the premises in a manner which causes a public nuisance or disturbance.
The implementation of a last admission time to ensure that no-one is trying to get into the premises at least one hour before the premises cease trading.
Management of the queues so that patrons who are not going to gain admission to the premises before a last admission time are advised accordingly.
The provision of internal queuing arrangements where possible or alternatively additional till points to minimise the length of time people have to queue at premises.
The provision of CCTV cameras outside the premises.
Procedures for ensuring that no customer leaves with bottles or glasses.
Playing music at a lower level towards the end of the evening in a 'wind down' period.
The length of time between the premises closing and the bar closing.
The location of the premises, their proposed capacity and the nature and age of the clientele who are likely to be coming to the premises.
The nature of the entertainment which is going to be provided.
The location and proposed use of any beer gardens.
Crime and Disorder
The capability, responsibility and training of members of management in order to effectively supervise staff and ensure that the premises is operated in such a manner so as to prevent any crime and disorder, ensure the safety of the public, the protection of children from any physical or psychological harm and in a manner which does not cause the public any nuisance.
The introduction of plastic glasses and bottles.
Adopting the 'Night Safe Initiative' as a statement of best practice.
Using radio links/pages as a means of connecting to other licensed premises.
Joining any local club Watch or Pub Watch initiative.
Introducing CCTV both internally and externally and ensuring any advice given by any crime prevention officer is complied with.
Procedures for searching customers.
The use of metal detectors.
Introducing a maximum safe capacity for the premises with consideration being given to a reduction in capacity to allow a comfort footer.
Providing a minimum number of door supervisors on the basis of an appropriate ratio of registered door staff to customers, which the police would normally expect to be 2 door supervisors for the first 100 persons and 1 for each 100 persons thereafter. In addition there should be at least one door supervisor to monitor capacities between different levels or rooms.
The complete exclusion of any person under the age of 18 from being able to sell alcohol.
The introduction of toughened glass.
Adopting the guidance recommended in the 'Safer Clubbing Guide' as a statement of best practice.
Adopting any relevant trade codes of practice covering irresponsible drinks promotions, for example the Portman's Groups' recommendations.
Providing a suitable environment for customers having regard to the activities going on on the premises, in particular appropriate levels of seating.
The provision of a microphone to record any conversations at any entrances/exits to the premises.