Licensing Standards Monthly Newsletter - January 2023

Covid Sense Signage Scheme

Covid rules and restrictions have been lifted in Scotland, but the virus has not gone away. Use the Covid Sense Signage Scheme to help protect yourself and others.

Licensing Board Meeting Dates 2023

Here are the Licensing Board meetings dates for 2023.  Applicants should be mindful of last lodging dates and submit their applications in good time.

Licensed Clubs – annual update of connected persons

In order that the Argyll and Bute Licensing Board can maintain an effective overview of office bearers in licensed clubs (Connected Persons) in its area, as required by Section 40A of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005, Licensing Standards requests details from Clubs on an annual basis. Contact with Clubs will commence in February 2023 and it is requested that updated details be returned to Licensing Standards by 31st March 2023 by e-mail to  Should there be any other changes to office bearers during the year these should be notified as soon as possible (and within one month) to licensing standards.

Congratulations to the Henry Bell in Helensburgh

Staff from the Henry Bell in Helensburgh recently became the latest licensed premises to receive their Keep Safe training from Police Scotland.  Keep Safe works with local businesses, from cafes, shops and libraries, to football stadiums, banks and museums.  Find out more at   

Scottish Government Advice to Licensing Boards

On 13th January the Scottish Government published itsupdated guidance to licensing boards which was first published in 2007.  The guidance covers all aspects of the 2005 Act.

Cyber Scotland Week 2023

Running for its fifth year, CyberScotland Week is taking place from 27th February – 5th March 2023. Free in-person and online events, resources and learning opportunities will take place throughout the week to educate and inform people and organisations about cyber risks and how to become more resilient to those risks.

Local News – from Argyll and Bute Council

Argyll and Bute has a licence scheme in place for short term lets, as required by Scottish Government legislation.  If you are starting up a short term let business, or are already running one, here is information on what you should do to ensure you are operating legally.

Lochgilphead and Tarbert businesses: have you signed up to the Argyll and Bute gift card scheme? Find out from local business ambassadors how the scheme can benefit you and keep spending local.

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The Licensing Standards service does not provide legal advice or opinion and the above information should not be considered such.  Any legal advice or opinion on licensing matters should be obtained from a licensing solicitor.