Consultation begins on the draft revised guidance for licensing boards

Draft revised guidance for licensing boards has gone out for consultation.

The first for Licensing Boards was issued in April 2007 to support them in the exercise of their functions under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005.

One of its purposes is for the Scottish Ministers to give guidance to Licensing Boards on the effect of the complex areas of, and interactions between, the legislative provisions.

The first has not been substantially amended since it was issued to Licensing Boards.

The Scottish Government is committed to updating it, aiming to reflect the range of associated primary and secondary legislation enacted since it was issued and for it to provide clarity for Licensing Boards.

Scottish Government officials, with assistance from a working group formed from members of the Council of the Scottish Institute of Licensing and others, such as Alcohol Focus Scotland and other health professionals, have reviewed the current guidance and have prepared a draft of revised guidance for Licensing Boards.

Following the closing date, all responses will be considered along with any other available evidence.

You can read the consultation paper here:

You can give your comments here: