Licensing issues

Will I lose my licence if a patron is caught smoking?

No, the penalties are financial, with prosecutions leading to fines for licensees.  Your licence could still be reviewed due to other issues though.

Will I need a variation on my licence if I have a smoking shelter?

Yes, smoking shelters are considered to be a structural alteration to the premises.


Will I need planning permission for a smoking shelter?

Yes, all smoking shelters will need planning permission.

Please see our Planning FAQ for more information.


Can I smoke in my taxi?

No. Under the new legislation taxis are considered places of work, and as such are covered by the new legislation. All vehicles used for public transport are required to be smokefree at all times.

Two taxi drivers have been issued with fixed penalty notices as at 1st April 2008.