Public drinking byelaws

In some areas of Argyll and Bute (shown on the plans below) there are byelaws in place prohibiting the consumption of alcohol in public.

If you drink alcohol in these places, or are found with an open container of alcohol in one of these places, in circumstances where it is reasonable to infer that you intended to drink from it, you will be guilty of an offence, and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 2 on the standard scale .

These byelaws do not apply on 31st  December, from 6pm until the end of that day and on 1st January, until 6am.

The designated areas affected by the byelaws are shown for each area on the maps below

Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands

Oban, Lorn and the Isles

Bute and Cowal

Helensburgh and Lomond

Who to contact

If you would like further information about our public drinking byelaws you can contact us at:


Phone:  01546 604128