When alcohol is being sold or supplied to the public on licensed premises, there must be someone with a Manager’s Certificate on duty. See the details below about how to apply and renew certificates, temporary and acting managers, and the rules about keeping good records.
The first certificate is issued for 12 months; a renewed certificate is issued for a three-year period.
A licensee must give notification to the Licensing Inspectors of appointment, cancellation or termination of any manager, temporary or acting manager ( see section 231 of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012).
A member of staff can be appointed a temporary manager. This will cease if an application for a manager’s certificate is not submitted within 48 hours.
An acting manager can be appointed by a licensee for a total of six (6) weeks in a calendar year if a manager is ill, absent or on annual leave.
This maximum block is three (3) weeks (21 calendar days) and a current certificate or an application for a manager’s certificate is not required.
Got a new manager in? You'll need to Notify Us of Changes to Managers which you can do online.
All premises under sections 24-26 of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 must keep records of all managers for a 2 year period.
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