LANDLORDS have been warned: Act now or risk losing your licence.
Kirklees Council's licensing department face a massive backlog of people applying for the new licences.
All pubs, clubs, hotels, restaurants, cinemas and theatres must convert their licences or apply for a new one by August 6.
But so far only 320 out of more than 1,500 have returned their forms, leaving hundreds facing closure.
If managers do not get their old licence renewed by August 6 they will have to reapply.
This could take months and leave them without a licence on the deadline day of November 26.
Chairman of the Brighouse-based Federation of Licensed Victuallers , Tony Payne, has sent the stark warning to traders.
"People must act now," he said. "Really they have already left it too late.
"If there is some problem with their claim it could be held up further.
"People should apply and get everything sorted before August 6 so their current licence can continue as it is now.
"This job cannot be put off any longer or we will be faced with a lot of people struggling to get their licence by November.
"If they do not have that licence they cannot sell alcohol so for pubs and clubs this is a huge problem."
If a pub trades without a new licence after the cut-off date they will be breaking the law and face arrest and prosecution.
Details of the new licence applications also have to be publicised.
Peter Swallow, senior licensing surveyor for Kirklees Council, said they were working hard to get the applications processed but people needed to act immediately.
"We have got the staff and man hours to deal with all the applications but we need people to get the forms filled out now," he said.
"We have already done some advertising to prompt people, but we still have a very long way to go.
"But there is still time and if people do it now we are confident we will be able to cope.
"The consequences of not getting the licence are as serious as it gets really, because won't be able to sell alcohol.
"Nobody has asked for a 24-hour licence in Kirklees. We have had a lot of pubs wanting more flexibility and asking for an extra hour or two.
"But so far there has not been anyone asking to serve all night."
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