Licensing Standards Monthly Newsletter - October 2022

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.

FIFA World Cup – Extended Hours Licences

The FIFA World Cup takes place this year in Qatar, between Monday 21st November and Sunday 18th December.  Screening of some matches in the UK will start at 10.00am and licensees who wish to screen these games but do not have a 10.00am start for on-sales of alcohol on their premises are advised to apply for an Extended Hours Licence.  Each extended hours licence has a tenure of one month and applicants should be aware that applications must be made at least 35 days prior to the event to be licensed.  

Licensing Board Festive Hours Policy 2022

As in previous years the licensing board has set the period during which extended hours will be considered.  Please be aware that Extended Hours applications must be with the Board at least 35 days prior to the date on which the extended hours event is being held. This timescale is to allow for statutory reports the Board must consider in determining each application.

New fireworks law ahead of Bonfire Night

New powers making it a criminal offence for anyone to supply fireworks to people under the age of 18 came into effect on Monday 10th October. The Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Act 2022, passed by the Scottish Parliament on June 29th builds on steps taken last year restricting the times fireworks can be used, when they can be bought, and the quantity. Attacks on emergency workers using fireworks or pyrotechnics will become aggravating factors that can be taken into account when courts sentence offenders.

Accredited Trainers

Accredited Trainers work throughout Argyll and Bute and provide personal licence and staff training. Training is also provided online by some of the traders – check link.

Local News – from Argyll and Bute Council

Strategic Events & Festivals Fund - are you organising events due to take place between 1 April 2023 and 31 March 2024? The council’s Strategic Events and Festivals Fund is now open. More details including how to apply are available on the council website.

Short term lets licensing: The Scottish Government has introduced a licensing regime for short-term lets in Scotland. Find out if you need a licence.

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