Licensing Standards Newsletter - April 2020

Welcome and useful contacts

Hot on the heels of our wee bit late March Newsletter, welcome to our April 2020 Newsletter.

Raymond Park (East), Eric Dearie (West) and the licensing board team remain available to provide information on all aspects of alcohol licensing; licensing applications; applying for a licence or for an update on licensing applications.

Previous Newsletters

We maintain a library of previous Newsletters which can be accessed via our web page should you wish another look.  You can sign up to receive the Newsletter each month to your inbox.

Coronavirus – Changes to Alcohol Licensing

The Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 has introduced changes to the licensing process which mainly relate to the extension of timescales.  A summary of these changes can be found here.  If you have any queries, please contact the licensing board team by e-mail at or by phone on 01546 604128.

Coronavirus – Companies House Support for Businesses

Businesses will be given additional support to help them meet their legal responsibilities under changes announced on 16th April.  Companies House will temporarily pause the strike off process to prevent companies being dissolved.  Further information can be found on the website - Companies House Support.

Coronavirus – Furlough Scheme Extension

Thousands more employees will be able to receive support through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) after the eligibility date was extended to 19 March 2020, the government announced on 16th April.  Further information can be found on the website - Furlough Scheme.

Coronavirus – Licensing Standards Inspections 2020/21

As a result of Coronavirus and following Government advice, Licensing Standards officers will not carry out the routine physical inspections of licensed premises for the foreseeable future.   Those premises scheduled for a physical inspection may be contacted by telephone, e-mail or social media. 

Consultation on Statement of Licensing Policy

The Argyll and Bute Licensing Board is now consulting on the terms of its draft Statement of Licensing Policy. The Board is required to prepare and publish a Statement of Licensing Policy in respect of each licensing policy period in relation to the exercise of its functions under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005. Find the full information on the consultation and how to respond.

The consultation closing date has now been extended to 5pm on Friday 15th May 2020.

HM Government - The Internet, Be Careful What You Share!

Just because a story appears online, doesn’t mean it is true. The internet is great, but it can also be used to spread misleading news and content.  Protect yourself and your friends from false information about coronavirus. Use the SHARE checklist (Source, Headline, Analyse, Retouched, Error) to make sure you don't feed the beast.  Find out more from HM Government.

Police Scotland – Feedback Wanted

Individuals and business owners are being invited to complete a survey from Police Scotland to track public confidence levels and experience of approaches to policing during the Covid-19 Pandemic. The survey is a platform for your views and opinions during these challenging times, and beyond.

Licensing Board Meetings Dates 2020

Licensing Board Dates 2020

These dates may be subject to cancellation/change as a result of Coronavirus.

Personal Licences - Accredited Trainers

In addition to the personal licence information above, advice and assistance on training at a local level can be obtained from local accredited trainers.

That’s it for now

Do you need more information?  Or maybe you would like a licensing topic included in the next edition, or, if you are having difficulty opening any of the links - contact us.      

Legal Advice

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.