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Licensing and events

This guidance note is to help you understand the fire safety requirements when applying for a Premises Licences under the Licensing Act 2003.

It explains how to complete the Operating Schedule with regard to public safety and how to produce the plan ready for consultation with the Fire Authority. It will also be of use where you have applied for a Temporary Event Notice (TEN).

The information contained within this note is for guidance only. It is not a full and authoritative statement of the law and does not constitute legal advice.

Operating Schedule – Public Safety

In the Operating Schedule relating to public safety, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service expect to see a statement of commitment to provide and maintain adequate fire safety measures, according to the:

Provision of Plans

Where your application is for a Premises License or Club Premises Certificate you must also send a plan of the premises to which the application relates. The plan(s) must be drawn to the scale of 1 :100 for all internal areas and 1:500 for external areas, unless the licensing authority has previously confirmed that an alternative scale plan is acceptable. It must show the location of:

These details are important to clarify which premises or parts of premises are licensed if the application is granted. It also enables responsible authorities and interested parties to better consider the adequacy of any operating schedule.

Occupancy Capacity

With some exceptions (for example, off-licences) a licensed premises (or event) must have an acceptable occupancy capacity established to achieve the licensing objective of “public safety”.

For premises with no previously determined occupancy capacity, we expect you to consider and address this within your operating schedule, based on the following criteria:

If you make the maximum use of the premises, you should have sufficient number and width of available exits to permit safe evacuation of the proposed capacity.

You must also consider the needs of disabled persons.

For more detailed advice on occupancy capacities, refer to the appropriate fire safety guide.

Where the premises is likely to reach maximum occupancy (such as on known busy evenings) and particularly where a special event or promotion is planned, you should detail the additional arrangements you will put in place to ensure that the maximum occupancy is not exceeded.

The requirement to provide monitoring arrangements is determined by risk assessment.

Fire Safety Checks

You do not have to include the following information with your application. It is provided to assist you with fire safety matters in your premises.

You should carry out a risk assessment to determine the adequacy of existing fire safety measures in your premises.

Where you have applied for a Temporary Event Notice and there is an existing fire risk assessment for the venue, you must ensure that you co-operate with any specific requirements contained in it and address any new hazards you introduce.

The following checks (although not exhaustive) help you address and manage the fire safety measures in your premises. The responsible person carrying out the checks should consider the following:

 

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