Licensing Standards Newsletter - May 2020

Welcome and useful contacts

Welcome to our May 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 – Argyll and Bute Council Assistance

Argyll and Bute Council provides a library of information and advice on various topics relating to Coronavirus.  To access this library, please visit the Council’s ”Coronavirus – Help & Advice” Page here.

Coronavirus – Household Waste

Household waste recycling sites to re-open on 1 June: Plans are being made to reopen all of Argyll and Bute’s Household Waste Recycling Centres on June 1.  This reflects the First Minister’s statement today on the easing of lockdown measures, dependent on the continuing suppression of the COVID-19 virus.

Coronavirus - Scottish Government Route-Map Out of Lockdown

The Scottish Government has outlined Scotland’s Route Map through, and out of, the COVID-19 crisis.

Coronavirus – Online Personal Licence Training

Highfield Training have announced their Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence holder Training courses are now available online and are offering examination using remote invigilation.  All that is required is a smartphone, a laptop with a camera and photographic identification. The online course is ideal for those with basic computing skills wanting to apply for a Personal Licence or to refresh or renew their existing Personal Licence.

Three local trainers have advised that they too are providing online training – Christine Roberts at; Lynn Nicholson at, and Morag Beattie at  Contact details can be found at each website.

Coronavirus – Destruction of Spoilt Beer, Cider, Wine or Made-wine

From the UK Government - find out about temporary changes to the destruction of spoilt beer, cider, wine or made-wine if you're a brewer, cider producer, wine maker or publican.

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. 

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. The survey period ends on 31st March 2021

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 here.

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.