Licensing Standards Newsletter - March 2021

Priority will be given to ongoing information from Scottish Government and other sources in relation to roles and responsibilities in monitoring and suppressing Covid-19. 

Scottish Government News (as at 23rd March)

Timetable for easing restrictions (updated 19th March) gives a step-by-step guide to the way forward over the summer. 

Letter from Minister for Local Government, Housing & Planning advising of the continuation of relaxation of planning regulations for temporary buildings until 30/09/21.

Strategic Framework (updated 18th March) continuing overview of Scottish Government’s route map.

Protection Levels (updated 17th March) for mainland Scotland currently remains at Protection Level 4 (Stay at Home).The Argyll and Bute islands of Coll, Colonsay, Erraid, Gometra, Iona, Islay, Jura, Mull, Oronsay, Tiree, and Ulva remain in Level 3. 

Support is availableif you are required by law to close or modify your business. Applications for some support has or is closing by the end of this month.

More financial support for businesses - brewers are among businesses set to benefit from £7.3 million support from the Scottish Government.

Check in Scotland Scheme is a way to collect the contact details of people who visit hospitality businesses, such as pub, bars, restaurants and cafes, that's designed to work with NHS Scotland's Test and Protect.  One way of making sure you collect people's details is by displaying a Check In Scotland QR code poster at your venue, and asking anyone who visits to scan this QR code when they arrive.  

Environmental Health

Our Environmental Health team leads the Council’s response to Covid 19 and continues to seek the co-operation of business and the public by remembering the following:

Test & Protect– a mandatory requirement on businesses to take the details of customers;

Protect Scotland App – businesses urged to promote the app in the collection of details;

Face Coverings– are required by staff and customers.

Other Covid 19 Guidance and Assistance

Health and Safety Executive – short video on requirement for Covid-19 Risk Assessments for business premises

Food Standards Scotland– risk assessment for food businesses

Visit Scotland Advice– current information for the Tourism and Hospitality sector

Ready Scotland - stay safe, get help, and help others during COVID-19

Covid 19- help and assistance from Argyll and Bute Council

Other Local Information

Personal Licence - refresher training and mandatory 10 year renewals

Personal licence - accredited trainers

Licensing Board - meetings during 2021


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.