Definition of 'Open to the Public'

For the purpose of the Private Security Industry Act 2001, licensed premises are considered to be open to the public when alcohol is being supplied for consumption, or regulated entertainment is being provided, on the premises. For a complete understanding of how licensed premises affects manned guarding, please refer to the Private Security Industry Act 2001, Schedule 2, Part 2 (as amended).

References to the occasion on which any premises are being used for a particular purpose include references to any time on that occasion when the premises are about to be used for that purpose, or have just been used for that purpose.

Examples of when events or venues are open to the public:

  • ticket only event where the public can purchase tickets either at the door or through agents
  • An event open to selected members of the public e.g. delegates at a work related conference or exhibition
  • A venue open to members e.g. a student union bar which has been issued a premises licence under the Licensing Act 2003

Examples of when events or venues may not be open to the public, for the purposes of the Private Security Industry Act 2001:

  • The set up and break down of an event or exhibition where access is restricted to exhibitors and those responsible for its organisation
  • A beer tent situated within a showground, that is closed to members of the public
  • Any occasions when alcohol is not being supplied for consumption, or regulated entertainment is not being provided, on the premises.