Practical Post 17: Off Licence fit-out

by Bregs Blog admin team


Practical Post 17: Off licence fit-out

I’m looking at a fit out project for an off-licence in a local shopping unit. The work will be straight forward, some structural work, all new shop fittings and and an extension of the retail space into a service yard at the back.

Unfortunately there is just enough work to need a Fire Cert, landlord approval, new Liquor Licence, the lot.

The retailer and the unit landlord now both want me to give them an outline programme for the work. The retailer wants minimum disruption to trade and the owner wants to do some work on the car park at the same time.

Can anyone tell me if this project will now need a Completion Certificate before they can get the new Liquor Licence? If this is the case, how do I programme the works, the certification, the validation of the Cert and then the Circuit Court date for a licence hearing?

This retailer has other stores and he had planned to phase the work at night with a one week shut down to complete the fit-out (with a temporary partition on the unlicensed extension until the new licence was granted). He has never closed a store for an extended period before and he is very reluctant to shut down for this job. It will mean forcing his staff to all take holidays out of season, removing stock from the premises and losing weeks of trade.

I can’t see a solution other than a shut-down for the entire building works with another uncertain month at the end trying to get the paperwork in order.

Any advice?


Other Posts in this series:

Practical Post 1: BC(A)R SI.9 Extensions & Refurbishments– click link here

Practical Post 2: completion- FAO Vintners & Retailers– click link here

Practical posts 3: Change of Use – FDI and offices – Click link here

Practical post 4: What if the builder goes bust?– Click link here

Practical Post 5: Small retail extension- problem with certifier – Click link here

Practical Post 6: no one wants to do certifier roles! – Click link here

Practical Post 7: Existing Shopping Centres – Click link here

Practical Post 8: Employees won’t certify: BC(A)R SI.9 – Click link here

Practical Post 9: Fees & numbers of inspections?: BC(A)R SI.9 – Click link here

Practical Post 10: No retrospective compliance: BC(A)R SI.9 – Click link here

Practical Post 11: Phasing and BC(A)R SI.9? – Click link here

Practical Post 10: No retrospective compliance: BC(A)R SI.9 – Click link here

Practical Post 11: Phasing and BC(A)R SI.9? – Click link here

Practical Post 12: “architects only” club?–  Click link here

Practical Post 13: Duties & conflicts- BC(A)R SI.9 –  Click link here

Practical Post 14: Supervision vs Inspection –  Click link here

Practical post 15: Code of conduct issues –  Click link here

Practical Post 16: Pyrite and certification? – Click link here

Practical Post 18- material alterations: Creche  – Click link here

Practical Post 19: Phased completion & BC(A)R SI.9 –  Click link here

Practical post 20: Are builders off the hook with BCAR? – click link here

NOTE: This series of posts is not meant to undermine or be in opposition to any professional advice from registered representative bodies: rather it is to offer additional technical aids to those that find themselves in the unenviable position of having to deal with SI.9 in it’s current form at present. As with all information posted on the Blog we urge all practitioners to check with their respective professional bodies before assuming any roles or duties under Building Control (Amendment) regulation (SI.9 of 2014). We hope to post a number of these practical posts and list in one area, so home owners, SME’s and professionals can drop in and click on a particular topic to get summary information that may be useful to them while working within these new and difficult regulations.