Alcohol licensing: guidance

Guidance on alcohol licensing, personal licences and alcohol byelaws.

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
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