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New licencing application approved in Balloch Scotland.


Planning Application submitted for a new Tapas Bar in Balloch, Dumbartonshire.

Following an initial consultation with the client En-Plan: Planing & Architecture formulated a full planning application that was subsequently submitted to Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park Authority  The application is progressing and we are expecting approval for the scheme in July.  Watch this space for more details

t’s important to know that an alcohol licence isn’t a single licence that you can obtain to sell alcohol in your restaurant.

You need two licences in order to sell alcohol in your restaurant, a premises licence and a personal licence.

premises licence is a licence that is needed to sell alcohol and provide entertainment, as well as offer hot food after 11pm.

This is the licence which belongs to your business premises, and allows alcohol to be sold by your premises.

To be granted your Premises Licence, it is vital that you take note of the factors that will be asked of you during the application process. Consider these factors:

Your Operating Schedule

The Operating Schedule forms the basis of your licensing agreement, so making sure it is accurate is vital to helping you maintain your Premises Licence.

Your Operating Schedule should detail how you will promote the licensing objectives:

  • The prevention of crime and disorder 

  • Public safety

  • The prevention of public nuisance

  • The protection of children from harm 

This is a highly important section of the application, as it will form part of your licence. 

Creating a plan for obtaining an alcohol license involves several key steps. Below is a general outline of what the plan might entail:

  1. Research and Regulations:

    • Research the specific laws and regulations regarding alcohol licenses in your jurisdiction. This could include state, provincial, or municipal regulations.

    • Determine the type of alcohol license you need based on your business type (e.g., restaurant, bar, retail store) and the products you intend to sell (e.g., beer, wine, spirits).

  2. Meet Requirements:

    • Ensure that you meet all the requirements for obtaining an alcohol license. This might include age requirements, background checks, residency requirements, and more.

    • Make any necessary preparations to your business location to comply with zoning laws and health and safety regulations.

  3. Complete Applications:

    • Obtain the necessary application forms from the appropriate regulatory agency.

    • Fill out the applications completely and accurately, providing all required documentation and fees.

    • Double-check that you have included all necessary information and signatures before submitting the application.

  4. Attend Hearings or Interviews:

    • Depending on your jurisdiction and the type of license you are applying for, you may need to attend a hearing or interview to discuss your application.

    • Be prepared to answer questions about your business plans, security measures, and compliance with alcohol laws.

  5. Wait for Approval:

    • After submitting your application, you will need to wait for it to be processed.

    • This could take several weeks or even months, depending on the workload of the regulatory agency and the complexity of your application.

  6. Address Any Issues:

    • If there are any issues or deficiencies with your application, be prepared to address them promptly.

    • This may involve providing additional documentation, making changes to your business plan, or attending further hearings.

  7. Training and Education:

    • In some jurisdictions, you may be required to complete alcohol awareness training or other educational programs before receiving your license.

    • Ensure that you and your staff are adequately trained in responsible alcohol service and compliance with alcohol laws.

  8. Receive License:

    • Once your application has been approved and all requirements have been met, you will receive your alcohol license.

    • Display the license prominently at your place of business and ensure that all staff members are aware of their responsibilities under the license.

  9. Renewal and Compliance:

    • Be aware of the renewal requirements for your alcohol license, including any fees and documentation that need to be submitted.

    • Ensure ongoing compliance with all alcohol laws and regulations to avoid risking the suspension or revocation of your license.

  10. Operate Responsibly:

    • Finally, operate your business responsibly and ethically, ensuring that alcohol is sold and served in a safe and legal manner.

    • Implement measures to prevent underage drinking, over-serving customers, and other alcohol-related problems.

It's important to note that the specific steps and requirements for obtaining an alcohol license can vary significantly depending on your location and the type of license you are seeking. Be sure to thoroughly research the process in your area and consult with local authorities or legal professionals if needed.


Developing a fire safety plan is crucial when applying for an alcohol license, especially for businesses such as bars, restaurants, and clubs where there may be a higher risk of fire due to cooking equipment, electrical systems, and large crowds. Here's a comprehensive fire safety plan tailored for a license application:

  1. Risk Assessment:

    • Conduct a thorough assessment of your premises to identify potential fire hazards. This includes electrical systems, cooking equipment, flammable materials, and storage areas.

    • Identify areas where a fire is most likely to start and spread, and prioritize measures to mitigate these risks.

  2. Fire Prevention Measures:

    • Install smoke detectors, fire alarms, and fire extinguishers throughout the premises, following local fire safety regulations and guidelines.

    • Implement regular inspections and maintenance of electrical systems, cooking equipment, and heating appliances to prevent malfunctions that could lead to fires.

    • Establish protocols for the safe storage and handling of flammable materials, such as alcohol and cleaning solvents.

  3. Emergency Evacuation Plan:

    • Develop a detailed evacuation plan that outlines escape routes, assembly points, and procedures for employees and customers in the event of a fire.

    • Ensure that exit routes are clearly marked, well-lit, and free from obstructions at all times.

    • Conduct regular fire drills to familiarize employees with evacuation procedures and ensure a prompt and orderly response in an emergency.

  4. Training and Education:

    • Provide comprehensive fire safety training for all employees, including instruction on how to use fire extinguishers, evacuate the premises, and assist customers in an emergency.

    • Train designated staff members to serve as fire wardens or marshals responsible for coordinating evacuations and communicating with emergency services.

  5. Emergency Communication:

    • Establish protocols for notifying employees and customers of a fire emergency, including procedures for activating fire alarms and contacting emergency services.

    • Ensure that there are multiple means of communication available, such as intercom systems, loudspeakers, and mobile phones, to alert individuals in different areas of the premises.

  6. Emergency Equipment and Facilities:

    • Ensure that emergency exits are easily accessible and equipped with panic hardware to facilitate rapid evacuation.

    • Install emergency lighting systems to provide illumination in the event of a power outage during a fire emergency.

    • Maintain a supply of fire blankets, first aid kits, and other emergency equipment on-site for use in the event of a fire or other medical emergencies.

  7. Coordination with Authorities:

    • Collaborate with local fire departments and regulatory agencies to ensure compliance with fire safety regulations and obtain any required permits or certifications.

    • Schedule regular inspections of the premises by fire safety officials to identify any deficiencies or areas for improvement.

  8. Documentation and Record-Keeping:

    • Keep detailed records of fire safety inspections, training sessions, and emergency drills conducted on the premises.

    • Maintain documentation of all fire safety equipment installations, maintenance activities, and repairs to demonstrate compliance with regulations and ensure readiness for inspections.

  9. Continuous Improvement:

    • Regularly review and update the fire safety plan in response to changes in the business operations, building layout, or regulations.

    • Encourage feedback from employees and customers regarding fire safety concerns or suggestions for improvement, and incorporate this input into the ongoing management of fire risks.

  10. Compliance and Certification:

    • Ensure that your fire safety plan meets all applicable legal requirements and standards set by local authorities.

    • Obtain any necessary certifications or licenses related to fire safety compliance as part of the overall licensing process for your business.

By implementing a comprehensive fire safety plan tailored to the specific needs of your business, you can minimize the risk of fire-related incidents and demonstrate your commitment to maintaining a safe and secure environment for employees and customers.

If you would like to find out more about how our Planning Consultancy and Architectural Design Services can work in perfect sync to achieve a successful outcome in the planning system please CONTACT US and we will be only too happy to talk through any questions or development proposals you may have.


New faith Church in Norfolk

March 2020

Approval received for new Place of Worship in Fakenham, Norfolk.

En-Plan: Planning & Architecture have secured this change of use for a new place or worship via Planning Consent from North Norfolk Council and subsequent Full Plans Building Regs approval for the revised layout.has now been received


Kuntton Village Stores Stoke on Trent.

Februrary 2024

Advertisment Consnet granted for new shop frontage in Knutton, Stoke on Trent.

En-plan have gained restropspective consent for new signage at the Knutton Villasge Stores in Stoke on Trent following Planning Enforcement action.

The plannig approval has now fended off any enforcement action and the owners can carry on with their busiess.


Bonnie Banks hotel in Scotland

March 2020

New Boutique Hotel Planning Application 

En-Plan: Planning & Architecture have obtained retrospective planning approval for a boutique hotel that was the subject of a Planning Enforcement case. En-Plan have been bought in and achieved the consent to allow the ongoing use of this business.


Modular Office Much Wenlock Shropshire.

March 2022

New modular office development approved at Coates Works in Much Wenlock, Shropshire.

En-Plan have gained approval for a  new re-fabricated office unit at Grange Fencing in Much Wenlock.  

The site is loacefd adjacent to a site of special scientific interest and En-Plan  have liaised with the Council and ensured there are no ecological issues or impacts  as a result of the proposed scheme.


Holiday let unit approved in Shropshire

Februrary 2020

Holiday Let Planning Application receives approval in Shropshire.

Utilising the existing garage planning approval has been granted to change its use to a new holiday let in the heart of the Shropshire Countryside. The project will now progresses to the building regs stage. To ensure correct conversion techniques and fire safety.


Residential annex Hopton Wafers Shropshire.

April 2022

Planning permission  granetd for new  a resindetial annex in Hopton Wafers, Shropshire.

Located in Crumpsbrook in Hopton Wafers near Kidderminster,  the proposed pak home is to be used as a residential annex in connection with the main unit.

As the park home had alraedy been installeld the owners were keen to get apporval which En-Plan duly delivered.


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Bomere Heath



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34 Queen Elizabeth Avenue

Kings Lynn


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