PUBS and clubs in South Cheshire will be able to apply for all-day licences from February.
Council officers have announced they will be ready from then to receive applications for new alcohol licences.
With the Licensing Act 2003 coming into force in the new year, responsibility for issuing all licences passes from magistrates to the borough councils.
The new law requires landlords to apply for a premises licence as well as a proprietor's licence for alcohol sales.
The premises licence will allow publicans to choose their own opening hours as the traditional 11pm curfew is scrapped.
Under the old system borough councils were only involved in issuing extended licences for entertainment.
But from now on they will be in charge of all aspects, from checking premises are suitable for extended opening to enforcing strict guidelines on public safety.
Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council licensing officer Carole Kerr said: 'To be granted a new extended licence pubs and clubs have to inform the council of exactly what their premises are being used for.
'Before they simply had to let us know they would be providing entertainment, but now we need details - will there be food, karaoke, live bands, etc?
'This is because we need to assess whether the proposals meet the four key safety criteria on which we will base our decisions - how will public safety be ensured, how will crime and disorder be prevented, will the opening hours cause nuisance to neighbours and will children be protected?
'We have a team of enforcement officers who will carry out inspections with the police to make sure an application is suitable and that premises are being used for what the applications claim.'
The Government has long hailed the law as an important weapon in stamping out loutish drunken behaviour on the streets, making landlords more responsible and staggering opening times to end the closing time rush.
Concerns over allowing people more time to drink have been met with assurances from the council that the new system will allow for more careful monitoring and encourage licence holders to improve their own security arrangements.
Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council licensing and regulatory committee chairman, Cllr Terry Beard, said: 'We will be listening carefully to what the police, environmental health officers and the public say when we consider applications.
'We will not be handing out licences for long opening hours irresponsibly. Any objections to any application will be given full consideration by a special panel being set up to settle disputes.'