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Regulatory Reform and Small Licence Changes

One thing that demonstrates how the Regulatory Reform Committee can improve proposals is the proposal from the government to have minor changes to licence conditions that don't go through the whole process.

The difficulty is that this could mean that local residents don't know of minor changes that are proposed to licenses. We have, therefore, suggested that two notices are placed outside the premises (for two weeks) to make sure that this doesn't happen without people knowing about it.


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