The term ‘outwith licensed hours’ means ‘outside of licensed hours’, and is used in the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 in reference to the hours outside of which a store is licensed to sell alcohol.
Under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005, a premises can only sell alcohol between 10am and 10pm. In principal, hours can be extended or reduced at the discretion of the local Licensing Board, although in practice this kind of variation rarely occurs. ‘Outwith licensed hours’ therefore usually refers to the hours outside of 10am to 10pm.
Scottish pubs are usually open between 11am and 11pm, and on Sunday from 12.30 to 10pm. Drinking up time in Scotland is 15 minutes.
Licensed hours are not automatic, as each off licence or supermarket needs to re-apply for renewals, just like a pub, club or bar. As in England and Wales, a person must be at least 18 years old to buy alcohol from a shop in Scotland. Anyone who appears to be less than 25 years old should be required to prove their age under a Challenge 25 age verification policy.
Offences in relation to “outwith licensed hours”
Under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005, an individual commits an offence if he or she does the following during outwith licensed hours:
Sells alcohol/liquor or allows alcohol to be sold on a licensed premise.
Allows alcohol/liquor to be consumed on a licensed premise, or
Allows alcohol/liquor to be taken from a licensed premise.
To find out more about alcohol licensing hours in Scotland, visit ecossedirect.com