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How to Calculate your Max Occupancy

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service have developed a basic guide for premises that fall under the Licensing Act 2003. 

The Licensing Act 2003 is legislation that applies to premises which are used for the sale or supply of alcohol, providing regulated entertainment, or late night refreshments.

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For clarification, licensable activities are:

  • To sell alcohol by retail
  • If you are a qualifying club, to supply alcohol to a club member, or to sell alcohol to a guest of a club member
  • To provide regulated entertainment
  • To sell late night refreshment - selling hot food or drink between 11.00pm and 5.00am for consumption on or off the premises (including take-away and mobile caterers), unless you are a hotel, staff canteen or campsite

The identification of maximum occupancy levels appropriate for licensed premises including specific area limits within the premises, should be identified within your Fire Risk Assessment.

This guide provides information, advice and a step by step process on how to calculate your occupancy figures for your premises.

Download - Calculating Occupancy booklet