Consultation on Draft Revised Guidelines for Licensing Boards

News story posted: 20/03/2019

Scottish Government are seeking views on draft revised guidance for Licensing Boards.


Under the terms of Section 142(1) of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005, Scottish Ministers may issue guidance to Licensing Boards as to the exercise of their functions under the Act, which they must have regard to.

The current statutory guidance has recently been reviewed. The Scottish Government are seeking views on the draft revised guidance.


The purpose of this consultation is to invite views on the ‘Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 – Section 142 Draft Revised Guidance for Licensing Boards’.


Read the draft guidance here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/consultation-licensing-scotland-act-2005-section-142-draft-revised-guidance-licensing-boards/


The consultation closes 11th June 2019. To share your views, contribute to the consultation here: https://consult.gov.scot/justice/draft-revised-guidance-for-licensing-boards/consultation/subpage.2016-07-07.1474135251/


If you are unable to respond online you can submit your response along with a completed Respondent Information Form to: Licensing.Consultation@gov.scot The Respondent Information Form is available here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/respondent-information-form/



The first guidance for Licensing Boards was issued in April 2007 to support them in the exercise of their functions under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005. One of the purposes of the guidance is for the Scottish Ministers to give guidance to Licensing Boards on the effect of the complex areas of, and interactions between, the legislative provisions.


The first guidance has not been substantially amended since it was issued to Licensing Boards. We are committed to updating it, aiming for it to reflect the range of associated primary and secondary legislation enacted since it was issued and for it to provide clarity for Licensing Boards.


Scottish Government officials, with assistance from a working group formed from members of the Council of the Scottish Institute of Licensing and others, such as Alcohol Focus Scotland and other health professionals, have reviewed the current guidance and have prepared the draft of revised guidance for Licensing Boards.


For more information, please visit https://consult.gov.scot/justice/draft-revised-guidance-for-licensing-boards/

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