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Festive licensing hours agreed for 2013

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Perth and Kinross Licensing Board has now determined the Festive Period for licensed premises for 2013.

Where licensed premises have included reference to either Festive Core or Festive Function Hours within their Operating Plan, they are not required to apply for extended hours from Friday 13th December 2013 to Thursday 2nd January 2014. Premises wishing to trade for both Festive Core and Festive Function Hours must have both included in their operating plans.

Festive Core Hours will be available to 12.45am seven days a week, where premises' main activity is the provision of alcohol, such as pubs.

Festive Function Hours will be available to 1.30am seven days a week. These apply to premises with a function room and offering suitable entertainment. Functions covered by these hours include dances, discos, dinner-dances and parties where a disco or band is provided.

In addition, Christmas parties may benefit from the Festive Function Hours from Sunday 1st December 2013 to Thursday 2nd January 2013. 

Nightclubs will be able to open until 2.30am on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and until 3.00am on Fridays and Saturdays. Additionally, nightclubs may operate on Christmas Eve and Hogmanay until 3.00 am as these days do not fall on a Friday or Saturday this year.

Where premises do not have reference to either Festive Core or Festive Function Hours in their operating plans, extended hours must be applied for as soon as possible to the Licensing Board. Applications should be submitted to Perth & Kinross Council, 2 High Street, Perth PH1 5PH.

Licensing Board Convener, Councillor Henry Anderson said: "On behalf of the Board, I trust that our local licensed trade will take the necessary steps to maintain the highest possible standards for the benefit of their customers, neighbours and the Perth and Kinross area as a whole. We would also remind licensees about their responsibilities and ask them to avoid promotions which encourage drinking to excess. Alongside this, anyone planning to purchase alcohol should be aware that, in line with the Challenge 25 scheme, they may be asked to prove their age as 18 or over, if they look under 25 years old."