A Premises Licence is required to sell alcohol from a premises on a day to day basis.
An Occasional Licence allows you to sell alcohol from a premises for a temporary period of up to 14 days.
Please read our Guidance on Applying for more information on the application process.
If you plan to submit your application at our Service Desk, you must make an appointment using our online booking system.
Appointments are available Monday to Friday excluding Public Holidays. Read more about Licensing Appointments.
From April 2018 all applications should be accompanied by a Disabled Access and Facilities Statement. The statutory template for this statement can be found at the end of the Premises Licence application form.
The Scottish Government has produced Guidance [286kb] to assist applicants in completing the statement.
If the premises are still under construction or conversion, you can apply for a Provisional Premises Licence.
This is two stage process which allows the licence to be considered in principle and, if provisionally granted, the licence can confirmed at a later date once the premises has been finalised.
Licensing legislation can be complex. The Licensing Board will expect any applicant to understand the licensing requirements set out in the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 and all other relevant primary and secondary legislation. In addition the Board will expect applicants to be familiar with the terms of the Board's Licensing Policy Statement.
You do not need a solicitor to apply for a licence but you may wish to consider taking independent legal advice before applying for a licence.
The Board cannot recommend any specific solicitor or law firm however the Law Society of Scotland website contains a search function to help find a solicitors in Scotland; this includes searching for solicitors accredited as experts in liquor licensing.
Before applying for a Premises Licence or Provisional Premises Licence you will require to obtain certain Certificates of Suitability issued under section 50 of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005.
Use the links below for further information on how to apply for these certificates.
Please refer to our Fees and Charges [65kb] document for details of the current fee and accepted payment methods.
The application will not be accepted without the correct fee.
In terms of the Licensing (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, the Licensing Board is required to give notice of an application for new licence during the first 21 days of the consultation period.
During this 28 day consultation period any individual can object or make a representation to the application.
Read our guidance on making an objection or representation for more information.