The non-statutory Guidance is to support the commencement of section 179 of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 which requires an applicant for an alcohol premises or provisional premises licence to include a Disabled Access and Facilities Statement with their application. The prescribed form for completion is contained in the Premises Licence (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2018. Both section 179 and the Amendment Regulations come into force on 30 March 2018.
The Guidance advises that the Statement should contain clear information about how accessible the venue is for disabled people and provides practical examples of disabled access and facilities along with examples of the level of detail considered appropriate to provide in the Statement. It notes that not all disabilities are obvious and that disability extends beyond people with mobility difficulties. The Guidance also provides links to other sources of helpful information.
Information on the status of the Statement, which must be submitted with, but does not form part of, an application for an alcohol premises or provisional premises licence is also provided.