Licensing Standards Monthly Newsletter - May 2022

Coronavirus in Scotland – Information for event organisers

On the 1st May the Scottish Government published guidance on Safer Workplaces and Public Settings which includes an events sector checklist for event organisers and provides examples of areas event organisers and others delivering an event should consider in terms of good practice to continue to reduce transmission.

Scotland’s Census

The National Records of Scotland is reminding people in Argyll and Bute to submit their completed Census form. Anyone who fails to submit their response by 31st May could face prosecution and a fine of up to £1000.

Single-use Plastics: new laws come into force in June 2022

New regulations on single-use plastics/expanded polystyrene cups comes into force on 1st June 2022. After this date, the single-use plastic items listed below will be banned unless an exemption applies –

  • Cutlery (forks, knives, spoons, chopsticks and other similar utensils)
  • Plates
  • Beverage stirrers
  • Food containers made of expanded polystyrene
  • Cups made of expanded polystyrene

For more information on the items included within the restrictions, go to the Zero Waste Scotland FAQs page.

Licensing Standards annual premises inspection programme 2022-23

With the lifting of Coronavirus restrictions we will be contacting those premises to be inspected this year.  Through consultation with the licensee the inspection may be a physical visit; a virtual visit (where we link up with a premises via WhatsApp or other platforms); or a self-assessment (where the licensee completes the assessment, returns it to Licensing Standards and advice is provided as necessary).

The areas to be covered relate to the premises licence; personal licence; training of staff; alcohol authorisation; notices to be displayed; children and young person access; age verification; baby changing requirements; and minimum unit pricing.

Further advice on alcohol licensing can be found on our web page.

Personal Licences

Is your personal licence due for renewal or refresh?  Do you know? A quick check of the expiry date on the front of your licence will confirm the position.  A personal licence has a maximum tenure of 10 years and must be renewed prior to the 10 anniversary of issue otherwise the licence will be revoked.  In addition, a personal licence must be refreshed every 5 years or it will be revoked. We provide information on our Personal Licences and Training web page which includes a list of local accredited trainers.

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Previous Newsletters

We have a library of previous newsletters dating back to May 2018 providing information and advice on various topics connected to alcohol licensing


Any questions? You can contact licensing standards or the Licensing Board team for further information.


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.