Closed consultation

Community and Ancillary Sellers Notice consultation

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This consultation seeks views on allowing community groups and low-risk businesses to sell or give away limited amounts of alcohol through the use of a Community and Ancillary Sellers Notice (CAN).

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Consultation description

The government announced its intention to introduce the CAN in its ‘Next steps’ document of July 2013.

The responses to this consultation will inform the development of regulations and how the policy will work in practice.

The CAN will be a new authorisation under the Licensing Act 2003 that will benefit community groups and particular small businesses (such as bed and breakfast providers) who wish to sell limited amounts of alcohol as part of a wider service.

Under existing arrangements, these community groups and smaller businesses are subject to the same licensing regime and scrutiny as other businesses, who sell much higher quantities of alcohol (such as large hotels and off-licences). They have said that existing licensing requirements are costly and heavy-handed in light of the small, low-risk sales of alcohol that they wish to make.

An assessment of the economic and financial impacts of the proposed policy is provided along with a published fact sheet:

How to respond

Please send us your comments by using our online survey. You should read the PDF copy of the consultation questions first before beginning the online version. The deadline for responses is 23:45 on 9 December 2014

If you are not able to respond using the online survey, you can email your responses to:

Or write to:

CAN consultation
Alcohol Team
Crime and Policing Group
5th floor Fry building
2 Marsham Street


Published 11 November 2014