Types of Alcohol Licence

There are different types of alcohol licence available under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005:

Premises Licence

A premises licence allows for the sale of alcohol on the premises. This is for both on-sales and off-sales.

Personal Licence

A Personal Licence authorises a person aged 18 or over to supervise or authorises the sale of alcohol.

Occasional Licence

An Occasional Licence is required if you want to sell alcohol from unlicensed premises in Scotland.

Extended Hours

Licensed premises can apply for extended hours to sell alcohol during hours that are outwith its core hours.

To view, all current Board and Occasional Licence applications see Tell Me Scotland - follow the link and add postcode on left to see specific areas

Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005

The Act sets out 5 Licensing Objectives. These represent the principles on which the licensing system is based and provide Licensing Boards with a solid foundation on which to build their own local policies. These objectives are not ranked in order of importance. Each has equal weighting and all must be paramount considerations when Licensing Boards are carrying out their responsibilities.

These 5 Objectives are:
  • Preventing crime and disorder;
  • Securing public safety;
  • Preventing public nuisance;
  • Protecting and improving public health; and
  • Protecting children from harm.
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