Disabled access and facilities statement

On 30th March 2018, Section 179 of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 introduced the requirement on every application for the grant of a new premises licence or provisional premises licence to submit, as part of the application process, a Disabled Access and Facilities Statement.

Failure to provide a statement is not a ground for refusing an application but means that the premises application will be incomplete and cannot be considered by the relevant Licensing Board.

The provision does not compel the venue to provide any specific aids/access for disabled people nor does it interfere with the existing duty under equality law to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that a disabled person can use a service as close as it is reasonably possible to get the standard usually offered to non-disabled people.

Full Scottish Government guidance can be accessed here.

A copy of the Disabled Access and Facilities Statement can be downloaded here.

You can contact your Licensing Standards Officer for further information.