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Scottish Government publishes responses to consultation on occasional licences

News story posted: 16/01/2020

Crowds of people at a community eventThe Scottish Government has recently published the responses to its consultation on the review of fees for occasional alcohol licences and their duration.


Last year the Scottish Government consulted on reviewing the current £10 fee for occasional alcohol licences and asked if a limit should be considered on the number and duration of occasional licences.


The consultation was launched in response to concerns that licence holders are using multiple occasional licences as a way of avoiding the cost and scrutiny associated with a full, permanent licence application.


The purpose of the occasional licence is to cater for the multitude of events which take place on premises which do not hold premises licences but the premises can feature the sale of alcohol from time to time, for example gala days, wedding receptions and arts events.


A range of community organisations, businesses and individuals provided responses to the consultation and these can be viewed in a summary document on the Scottish Government website.


The responses received are being analysed by the Scottish Government and an announcement about future plans will be made in due course.

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