Consultation outcome

Pubs Code Adjudicator: investigation and enforcement - draft guidance

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

Responses to the consultation informed the guidance on investigations and enforcement.

Detail of feedback received

We received 13 responses to the consultation. These came from:

  • pub-owning businesses and their representative bodies
  • tied tenants and their representative bodies

Original consultation


We're seeking your views on draft guidance explaining how the Pubs Code Adjudicator will investigate and enforce breaches of the code.

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Consultation description

The Pubs Code came into force on 21 July 2016. It requires:

  • fair and lawful dealing by the largest pub-owning businesses in relation to their tied tenants
  • that tied pub tenants should be no worse off than if they were not subject to any tie

The Pubs Code Adjudicator (PCA) may investigate where there are reasonable grounds to suspect a breach of the code and impose sanctions for a breach.

The consultation seeks views on the PCA’s draft guidance on how it will investigate and enforce breaches of the code. We encourage stakeholders from across the pubs industry to respond.


Published 19 August 2016
Last updated 2 November 2016 + show all updates
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