Published on May 11th, 2016 | by Dean Carr
Getting a licence to sell alcohol in Scotland
Alcohol licensing in Scotland
To sell alcohol in Scotland you require a premises licence or occasional licence this is a short temporary licence granted for a special event or a licence granted for a specific location or open space where no licence exists. You also require a personal licence holder to sell or authorise sales of alcohol under a premises licence or occasional licence.
Most pubs, bars, restaurants, hotels and night clubs in Scotland will have a premises licence where alcohol is sold for consumption on the premises, these are sometimes referred to as an (ON LICENCE) or a liquor licence. Supermarkets, shops, convenience stores and off licence premises sell alcohol for consumption off and away from the premises these types of premises are sometimes known as (OFF LICENCE) premises.
All of the above licensed premises require a premise licence and a personal licence holder to be named of the premises licence as a Designated Premises Manager (DPM). The DPM should be the person in charge of the daily running of the licence premises such as a pub landlord or hotel manager.
A premises licence can not legally operate without an appointed Designated Premises Manager (DPM). There should be a separate DPM for each individual licensed premises. The DPM is also responsible to ensure all staff working on licensed premises have received relevant basic training on Scottish licensing law. A record of this training must be kept at the premises by the Designated Premises Manager (DPM).
Importance of staff training in Scotland
Under the Scottish licensing Act 2005 any member of staff working part time or full time on licensed premises or at an occasional event must undertake a minimum of 2 hours training on the Licensing(Scotland)Act 2005. The training must cover the 16 prescribed units under the Act.
How to obtain a personal licence in Scotland
To become a personal licence holder in Scotland individuals must undertake training on the licensing Act 2005 for Scotland. This is normally a one day training course with a multiple choice exam at the end. The pass mark is 70%.
Application requirements for a personal licence
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Hold a Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holder Qualification
- Not hold another current Personal Licence
- Not had a Personal Licence revoked within the last 5 years
- Not have been convicted of a relevant offence under the Licensing Act 2005
Once training and a successful exam result is achieved individuals can then apply to their local council’s Licensing Board for a personal licence. The Police will be notified of any application for a personal licence and will conduct a criminal records check on each applicant.
Application for a personal licence in Scotland
Each council in Scotland has a department that deals with alcohol licence applications. These are known as Licensing Boards. You must apply to the licensing board where you live for a personal licence to sell alcohol, however you can only sell alcohol under a premises licence or occasional licence.
Refresher training for personal licence holders
All personal licence holders must refresh their training on the licensing Act for Scotland every 5 years. Details on refresher training can be obtained from the Board. SCPLH refresher courses can be booked online at www.personallicencescotland.com
Application process and cost
Each Scottish Council will provide you with application forms and guidance notes on applying for a personal licence, these can normally be found online. The cost of a personal licence is £50.00. The average cost of a training course and examination in Scotland is around £165 including VAT.
Licence processing service
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