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Licensing Forum

The Isle of Man Licensing Forum was established in February 2005 to assess the legislation under which the industry, the Licensing Court and the police operate and any associated problems. The aim is to ensure the industry has a suitable environment in which to operate whilst providing that the regulation of the industry by the police and the issuing of licences by the Courts is effective.

The forum has proved highly successful and has brought Government, the industry and the police together to address alcohol related problems.

The membership includes the following:

  • Julian Lalor-Smith, Chairman, Department of Home Affairs
  • Inspector Stephen Giddins, Isle of Man Constabulary
  • Sgt. Alan Shimmin, IoM Constabulary Central Alcohol Unit
  • Becky O'Brian, IoM Constabulary Central Alcohol Unit
  • Martin Brunnscheweiler, Bushy's Brewery & LVA
  • Enzo Ciappelli, IoM Restaurateur Association
  • Harry Creevy, Pubwatch
  • Matt Child, Manx Entertainment and Nightclub Association
  • Diane Edington, Heron and Brearley
  • Mark Humphrey, IoM Law Society
  • Ken Kneale, Licensing Consultant
  • Andrew Quilliam, Offwatch
  • Des Kinsella, Offwatch
  • Guy Rossiter, LVA
  • Andy Saunders, LVA
  • Shelley Walker, Secretary, Department of Home Affairs

The Forum has dealt with many issues since it was established including:

  • Bans from licensed premises
  • Designated Places Orders (liquor licensing)
  • Test purchasing
  • Underage drinking
  • Designated officials
  • Music and dance (licensed premises)
  • Wholesale sale of liquor
  • Alcohol and drug problems in young people
  • Drinks promotions
  • Age of consumption of liquor in public houses
  • Door staff training
  • Duty paid labels
  • The Noise Act etc.
  • online sales
  • supporting the progress of a new Bill

For information about applying for a licence, including application forms, please use the link:

For further information please contact the Secretary at:

Department of Home Affairs

Tromode Road


Isle of Man


Telephone:+44 1624 694302

Email:Send Email


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