Published on June 11th, 2012 | by Dean Carr
The premises licence and the Scottish premises licence
Explaining the differences experienced under the Licensing Acts for England and Scotland…
A premises licence is required to sell alcohol from a premises in the United Kingdom. Alcohol can only be sold by retail from premises that hold a premises licence or a Temporary Event Notice- the equivilant of the old occasional licence.
Additionally, a personal licence holder must be nominated on to the premises licence as the Designated Premises Supervisor. In Scotland, this person is known as a Premises Manager.
When a Temporary Event Notice is being used, a personal licence holder must be present to oversee the sale of alcohol.
Throughout the United Kingdom, the retail sale of alcohol is restricted- pubs, supermarkets, off licensed premises, restaurants and other premises must be licensed by the local licensing authority (the licensing department of their local council). In Scotland, a licensing authority is known as a licensing board.
In Scotland, the sale of alcohol is also restricted from off licensed premises or pubs retailing off and away from the premises- this is known as “outwith licensed hours”. The term “outwith hours” means consuming, selling or taking away alcohol outside of the permitted licensing hours as stated on the granted premises licence. In Scotland, the permitted hours for the retail sale of alcohol from off-licensed premises is 10.00am until 10.00pm, on any day from any premises.
For more information about premises licence, or to process an application or variation of licence, visit the PLT Premises Licence page.