Licensing Standards Special Newsletter - August 2021

Easing of Restrictions, the move from protection Levels to baseline measures

New Baseline Measures - as of 9 August Scotland’s protection levels are replaced by baseline measures.  These apply across the country.  Please refer to the central guidance and familiarise yourself with the detail.  You will need to consider the guidance in relation to your business and, where necessary, make plans for how to implement them. Here is a link to frequently asked questions section as a quick guide.

You can also read the First Minister’s statement to Parliament on 3rd August.

Continuation of Planning Relaxation for Temporary Outdoor Structures

The ‘Grace Period for outdoor areas continues until 31st March 2022  - the letter contained in the link refers to Building Standards only.  There has been no update as yet from Planning.  It is recommended that licensees who currently have temporary structures erected in their outdoor areas take note and consider taking steps to make application if looking to retain structures beyond the deadline date above.

For further information or advice please contact the Councils Planning & Building Standards team on 01546-605518

Face Coverings

Face coverings in Scotland - by law you must still wear one in most indoor public places in Scotland, even if you have been vaccinated. Some exemptions apply.


Getting tested is key to stopping Covid-19, even if you have been vaccinated. Find out how to get tested if you have symptoms or if you don’t.


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.