Thinking of serving up some celebratory fizz in your salon or barbershop this Christmas? Unless it’s alcohol-free you must comply with licensing laws – even if your drinks are ‘on the house’.

The law in relation to serving alcohol in your salon or barbershop varies depending on where you are located in the UK. Make sure you understand which laws apply to you and what your responsibilities are. Breaking licensing laws could lead to a fine or even prison.

This blog post covers:

serving alcohol in your business

Serving ‘free’ alcohol

If you give ‘free’ alcohol to your clients you must still comply with the relevant laws. This is because if you serve alcohol as part of a paid-for service it can be considered as part of the sale and so not really free.

Alcohol and under-18s

It is against UK law to serve alcohol to anyone under the age of 18.

The law in England and Wales

in England and Wales, you will need two licences to serve alcohol in your salon or barbershop:

• Premises licence.
• Personal licence: this is held by the person running or managing the business.

In most cases you will need to hold an accredited licensing qualification before you can apply for a personal licence. Find a list of accredited qualification providers.

Ask your local authority how much your licences will cost and if/when they will need to be renewed.

Enter your postcode on the GOV.UK website to find out more about alcohol licensing in your area.

 

Plan a Christmas cracker! Read our blog post to find out how to make the most of the festive season in your salon or barbershop.

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The law in Scotland

In Scotland, you will need two licences to serve alcohol in your salon or barbershop:

• Premises licence.
• Individual licence: this is held by the person in charge of the premises and is known as a Scottish alcohol licence or a Scottish personal licence.

For the individual licence you must complete training on the Scottish Licensing Act 2009 to gain the Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders (SCPLH).

Licensing in Scotland is the responsibility of local authority licensing boards. To find out more, go to the mygov.scot website and follow the link to your local authority’s website for more information about licensing in your area.

 Ask your local authority how much your licences will cost and if/when they will need to be renewed.Christmas

The law in Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, only certain businesses such as pubs, off-licences, hotels and theatres can apply to the local county court for a licence to sell alcohol. Find out more on the GOV.UK website.

Contact your local authority for more information about how the law applies in your area.

Enter your postcode on the GOV.UK website to find out who your local authority is.

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Newly licensed? Spread the good news

Being able to offer a glass of bubbly or bottle of beer to your salon or barbershop clients is great news. Plan an announcement as part of your marketing activity and send a press release to your local media.

Make the most of celebratory days throughout the year to publicise what’s on offer. You can offer iced Pimm’s in the summer, mulled wine in winter, and Prosecco for special pamper appointments such as Mother’s Day and birthdays.

NHF and NBF Members can download our social media calendar to help you plan your marketing activities throughout the year.

Get more information on how to set up and make the most of your social media accounts.

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Did you know ...

... you must buy your alcohol from a retailer approved by HM Revenue & Customs.

 

Checklist

• You must comply with licensing laws if you serve alcohol in your salon or barbershop.
• The law still applies even if the drinks you provide are ‘free’.
• Never serve alcohol to under-18s.
• The law varies depending on where you are located in the UK – contact your local authority to find out more.
• Contact your local authority for details about licensing law and fees in your area.
• Publicise what’s on offer and make the most of special days throughout the year.

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