Licensing Standards Newsletter - February 2015

Welcome and useful contacts

Welcome to our February newsletter which is published a wee bit earlier this month as the licensing board has requested that we include their consultation on the availability of alcohol in Argyll and Bute and how it affects the community.  The survey is below and should be submitted before the end of February.

The newsletter is free and if you want to receive it direct to your inbox, simply sign up for an account and select 'licensing newsletter' from the red box, or access it from our Licensing Standards page on the Council website.  

Contacts: Eric Dearie or Raymond Park for licensing standards advice and information, or  the licensing team to apply for a licence or for an update on a licensing application. 

Share your views on how alcohol affects your community

Do you think there are too many places to buy alcohol in your local area? What are your views on how alcohol can affect community life – in terms of crime, noise, health problems or more? Argyll and Bute Licensing Board is keen to hear your opinions on these and other questions in its current consultation on the availability of alcohol in the area. 

The consultation survey form can be accessed here.

Licensed Clubs - Connected Persons

A “connected person” in relation to a licensed club is an office bearer and as of December 2010 it has been a requirement of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 that the details of those commencing as, or ceasing to be, connected persons, must be advised to the licensing board within one month of the occurrence.

In order that the Argyll and Bute Licensing Board can maintain an effective overview of office bearers within licensed clubs we have sent out update letters to the 52 licensed clubs in Argyll and Bute and ask that the update forms be returned by 31st March 2015, together with a copy of the Club’s current constitution.

This will now be an annual request commencing February 2015 and you can find further information on connected persons here.

Food Allergens

The Food Information (Scotland) Regulations 2014 enforce regulations on the provision of food information to consumers.  Under these regulations –

  1. Food allergen labelling on pre-packed foods will be improved.
  2. Food business operators will be required to provide correct information about allergens in loose (i.e. non-pre-packed) foods.

The Food Information (Scotland) Regulations 2014 came into force on 13 December 2014 and apply to all catering and retail businesses that serve or sell loose foods.  Find further information about this here.

Should you require further assistance with the food aspect of your business, please contact your local Environmental Health team on - 01546 605519

Frequently Asked Questions  

Q.  Our group is fundraising for new equipment and we are using the local school hall for a ceilidh dance.  We have been told that we can’t sell or drink alcohol on school grounds.  Is this correct?

A.  Yes.  The Council’s Community & Culture Department, who regulate the let of Council properties, has determined at condition 10 of the conditions attached to each let application that“Groups wishing a liquor licence must submit their application for let prior to the licence being applied for – no alcohol will be permitted within education buildings or grounds at any time.”   It is therefore advisable to contact your local Council office to discuss the school let prior to applying for any occasional licence to sell alcohol.

Q.  What is the position for political parties applying for occasional licences?

A. Those eligible to apply for an occasional licence are – a premises licence holder; personal licence holder; or voluntary organisation.  At a meeting of the Argyll and Bute Licensing Board on 10th December 2014 it was decided that a political organisation did not come under the Board’s definition of a voluntary organisation and therefore could no longer apply for an occasional licence as a voluntary organisation.  This decision does not affect a premises licence holder or personal licence applying for an occasional licence on behalf of the organisation.  Further information can be found at Annexe 4 of the Board’s Policy Document.   

Personal licence refresher training and accredited trainers

The refreshing of personal licences in an ongoing process and information on refresher training and local accredited trainers can be found here.  Also, Alcohol Focus Scotland (AFS) is providing refresher training courses at its Glasgow offices from 17th February 2015 to 9th June 2015.  Further information and contact details can be found here.  

That’s it for now

Do you need more information?  Or maybe you would like a licensing topic included in the next edition - contact us.

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