An occasional licence allows you to sell alcohol within unlicensed premises at an event or special occasion. Selling alcohol without a proper licence can result in a fine of up to £20,000, or a prison sentence of up to 6 months, or both.
The cost of an occasional licence is £10. 28 days notice is required to process an application.
Applying for an Occasional Licence
You can apply for an occasional licence if:
- You are from a voluntary organisation;
- You hold a premises licence; or
- You hold a personal licence to sell alcohol
There are limits on occasional licences that can be applied for by voluntary organisations and clubs. In any period of 12 months there can be:
- No more than 4 occasional licences within a duration of 4 days or more;
- No more than 12 occasional licences with a duration of fewer than 4 days; and
- The 12 month total cannot exceed 56 days.
A voluntary organisation can only have an occasional licence for an event taking place in connection with its activities.
An occasional licence is only available where the premises are not already licensed for the sale of alcohol (except that a club may apply for a licence for its own premises).
Notification of the application is required to remain on the website for a continuous period of 7 days. Police Scotland can give notice recommending refusal of the application within 21 days of receipt of the application. The Licensing Standards Officer may submit a report with their comments on the application within 21 days of receipt of the application.
Any person may object to an occasional licence application within the period of 7 days starting on the day when details are published on the website.
If the Licensing Board receives notice of an objection or representation, they will send a copy of the notice to the applicant and have regard to the objection or representation when considering the application at a hearing. The Licensing Board may reject an objection or representation if it is frivolous or vexatious.
The Licensing Board will grant the application if it does not receive any objection or representation.
If any of the following happen, an application may take longer than 28 days as it will be considered at a meeting of the Licensing Board:
- There are objections or representations; or
- There are any comments from the Police or LSO; or
- The applicant wants to change the Standard Conditions (the Board cannot change the Schedule 4 Conditions)