Premises Licence – Information
- What is meant by the term all premises?
- Who are the Licensing Boards?
- What is an Operating Plan?
- What is a layout Plan of the Premises?
- What about selling food?
- What are the 5 Licensing Objectives?
This means all licensed premises involved in the retail sale of alcohol, apart from certain members clubs exempt under the Act.
Licensing Boards exist for the geographical area of each council throughout Scotland.
Licensing boards are made up from local authority councilors and consist of between 5 and 10 elected members. They are responsible for over seeing the licensing function in their local area. You can find your local licensing board by clicking here.
An operating plan is a written statement of how the premises will operate showing how it will meet the five licensing objectives. The statement will also include the opening times of the premises how alcohol is sold and whether children will be allowed on the premises and such other information about the premises as may be prescribed.
A layout plan is a scale drawing (normally 1:100) of the premises showing the areas where alcohol will be served and consumed on and off the premises; beer gardens and smoking area may also be included. Other items such as CCTV systems, external security lighting, fire exits and fire equipment should also be included.
A food hygiene certificate will be required for all premises wishing to cater to the general public and will need to be submitted with an application for a premises licence.
Under the Scottish Licensing Act there are 5 licensing objectives, these are as follows;
- Preventing crime and disorder
- Securing public safety
- Preventing public nuisance
- Protecting and improving public health
- Protecting children from harm
The main purpose of the new Scottish licensing act 2005 is to promote the five licensing objectives. All licensed premises will be expected to operate their premises in line with these objectives. All new applications for premises licenses will require a written statement or policy (an operating plan) on how these objectives should be met.
All premises selling alcohol in Scotland must operate a challenge policy. on the 1st of October 2011 Scotland introduced a “Challenge 25 Policy”. This means all individuals attempting to purchase alcohol or other age restricted products who look under the age of 25 must be challenge to prove their age by producing an acceptable form of identification.