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Age Verification - last reviewed November 2023

The below information is the Premises Age Verification Policy and is displayed in the bar area and is to be adhered to at all times

This policy applies in relation to the sale or supply of alcohol on the following premises


    Corsley Reading Room

    Corsley Heath   BA12 7PR


Name of premises licence holder:

Corsley Reading Room Management Committee

Name of designated premises supervisor:

The Hirer


1. The premises licence holder must ensure that an age verification policy applies to the premises in relation to the sale or supply of alcohol. All those using the premises licence must adhere to this. This must, as a minimum, require individuals who appear to the responsible person to be under the age of 18 years of age to produce on request, before being served alcohol, identification bearing their photograph, date of birth, and a holographic mark. This can include, for example:


·      A photo card driving licence

·      A passport

·      A proof of age card bearing the PASS hologram


2. Responsible Persons

For the purposes of this policy the following are considered to be responsible persons:


·    the holder of the premises licence;

·    the designated premises supervisor;

·    a person aged 18 or over who is authorised to allow the sale or supply of alcohol ; or

·    a member or officer of a Management Committee present on the Reading Room premises in a capacity which enables him or her to prevent the supply in question.


  3. Further guidance


·      By selling alcohol to a person who is under 18 it is YOU who commits the offence as well as the customer.


·      Persistently selling of alcohol to children is defined as selling alcohol on the same premises to a person who is under 18 on two or more occasions within a single three month period. Currently there are three avenues by which action can be taken against those found to be persistently selling alcohol to children.


1.  The licence holder, if prosecuted, can plead not guilty and go to court and if found guilty can be given an unlimited fine with up to 3 months suspension of the alcohol licence.


2.  As an alternative to prosecution, the police or trading standards officers can give the licence holder the option to voluntarily accept a 48 hour closure notice rather than face criminal liability.


3.  The police can make a representation to the relevant licensing authority to ask them to review the licence. This can also happen in addition to options 1 and 2.


Corsley Reading Room Management Committee      27th July 2016  (reviewed June 2021)       

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