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Alcohol licensing: guidance

Last updated: 20 Dec 2021 - see all updates
Published: 1 Dec 2018

Guidance on alcohol licensing, personal licences and alcohol byelaws.

Alcohol licensing: guidance
Alcohol licensing introduction

We are responsible for regulating the powers of Scottish local authorities and Licensing Boards in relation to licensing the sale of alcohol.

Licensing is the responsibility of Licensing Boards. Local Licensing Boards have wide discretion to determine appropriate licensing arrangements according to local needs and circumstances, and their own legal advice.

Scottish liquor licensing statistics for 2019 to 2020 are available. 

This guide provides information on:

  • licensing legislation
  • Personal Licence Holders
  • applicants and Licensing Boards
  • alcohol byelaws

First published: 1 Dec 2018 Last updated: 20 Dec 2021 -