Alcohol & Entertainments


OFF Sales of Alcohol – Requirement to be Sold in Sealed Vessels

If your premises licence authorises the sale by retail of alcohol for consumption off the premises (this will be detailed on both part A and part B of your premises licence), any off sales you make from your premises must be made in fully sealed vessels.

It is illegal to sell an off sale in an open vessel.

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The Licensing Act 2003 sets out the law relating to alcohol sales, public entertainment, the exhibition of films and performances of plays and the sale of hot food and drink after 11pm.

Newport City Council, as the licensing authority, uses the following objectives to make sure licences meet the public interest: 

  • the prevention of crime and disorder

  • the prevention of public nuisance

  • ensuring public safety

  • the protection of children from harm

Premises licence - needed for the sale and supply of alcohol, the provision of regulated entertainment and the provision of late night refreshment.

Personal licence - allows an individual to supply, or to authorise the supply of alcohol from an establishment with a premises licence.

Club premises certificate - required by clubs offering activities from premises to which public access is restricted and alcohol is supplied other than for profit.

Temporary event notice - a temporary event notice (TEN) can authorise a licensable activity at a small scale one off event. 

Licensing policy 

Download the Licensing Act 2003 - Statement of Policy 2015 (pdf)

In accordance with section 5(1) of the Licensing Act 2003, Newport City Council (the Licensing Authority) has a statutory obligation to determine and publish a policy with respect to the exercise of its licensing functions prior to each consecutive 5 year period.

The policy was last published back in January 2011.

The policy must be determined for the next 5 year period and published no later than 7 January 2021. 

In accordance with section 5(3) of the Licensing Act 2003, Newport City Council is currently undertaking a statutory consultation prior to determining its policy with respect to the exercise of its licensing functions for the period 21 September 2020 until 30 October 2020. 

The revisions made to the draft policy below are highlighted in red, the major change has been the proposed removal of Newport City Centre Community impact policy.  

Download the Licensing Act Draft Policy 2020 (pdf)

If you wish to make comment regarding the draft policy please write to the licensing team.


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