If you wish to sell alcohol, your premises must be licensed. You must be 18 years or older to make the application.
Your premises will also require a premises manager who holds a personal licence to sell and authorise the sale of alcohol.
The application requires an application form, an operating plan, a layout plan of the premises, and certificates for planning, building standards and, if relevant, food hygiene.
Moray Licensing Board Guidelines
Whisky Tasting Guidance
This guidance has been issued by Moray Council, in consultation with Police Scotland, following a request from business on the conduct of whisky tasting events. Businesses operating whisky tasting events are concerned that that they have to operate under a liquor licence and supply whisky in minimum measures of 25ml to comply with weights and measures legislation. Where whisky is supplied in the context of a genuine whisky tasting event and the marketing and other information provided to customers makes it clear that tasting, or sample, measures will be provided, then it is unlikely that the Council’s Trading Standards service would take the view that full measures were required. Police Scotland will assess the need for a licence on a case by case basis with a pragmatic view being adopted where appropriate. This advice also applies to whisky tours and tutored tastings.
Alcohol etc (Scotland) Act 2010 & Challenge 25
It is a mandatory condition on every premises and occasional licence to sell alcohol that a policy is in place requiring steps to be taken to verify the age of anyone attempting to purchase alcohol who appears to the seller to be under 25.
This is just one of the measures introduced by the Alcohol etc (S) Act 2010.
Full information on the requirements as well as an outline draft policy can be accessed from this link: Age verification Policy
The Moray Licensing Board encourages all licence holders to have a written policy and the Licensing Standards Officer will be checking for the same.
The correct forms of ID are going to be crucial to this process. Young people should be prepared to be asked for ID more often and both young people and licence holders should know what forms of ID to carry and look for.
Further information and downloads, including age verification posters, are available through these useful links:
Proof of age cards including Young Scot
Challenge 25 downloads/posters
The Scottish Government has produced guidance on the provisions and application of the Alcohol etc (S) Act 2010. The guidance and associated documents can be accessed through the following links:
The documents also include a sample of an industry standard age verification policy for a retail chain selling alcohol for consumption off the premises.
The Home Office has also produced guidance ID documents in general, including checking for false IDs. That can be accessed by clicking here.
- S100 Statutory Notice - Portrait (PDF) (1 page. 5.72 KB)
- S100 Statutory Notice - Landscape (PDF) (1 page, 5.65 KB)
- Schedule 3 Statutory Notice - Access for Under 18s - Landscape (PDF) (1 page, 6.77 KB)
- Schedule 3 Statutory Notice - Access for Under 18s - Portrait (PDF) (1 page, 7.14 KB)
- Schedule 35.21 KB)
- Schedule 3 Statutory Notice - No Under 18s - Portrait (PDF) ( 1page, 5.82 KB)
All applications need:
- An application form
- An operating plan and guidance notes,
- A layout plan which must meet required standard detailed in the legislation
- A planning certificate, a building standards certificate and if applicable, a food hygiene certificate (Sec,50 application), there is a separate fee which is documented on the application form.
- A disabled facilities statement.
- The fee - which can be paid over the phone by calling 01343 563030. The fee will depend on whether you are applying for a provisional licence (£200 and the balance on confirmation) or a full application which will be dependent on the rateable value of the premises which can be found on the Scottish assessors website. There will also be an annual licence fee which is based on the rateable value of the premises, the annual fee is due each year on the 1st October. For the first year that fee will be due pro rata from the date of commencement of the licence
- A risk assessment,
- Every premises must have a premises manager who must be a personal licence holder. The licence cannot be used without a designated premises manager (DPM) in place. You can also have as many other personal licence holders as you wish. The DPM authorises the sale of alcohol and a personal licence holder can provide training to staff as all staff selling/serving alcohol must have a minimum level of training. You will need to consider who will be the DPM alongside who will hold the licence. Again the DPM remains responsible for what goes on in the premises. Only the licence holder can nominate a DPM. If not done from the outset, the DPM will have to be nominated as part of the confirmation of the licence before the licence can be used. An individual may not, at any one time, be the premises manager of more than one licensed premises. If the Designated Premises Manager leaves the premises, the premises licence holder has 7 days in which to notify the Licensing Board and 6 weeks to nominate a new premises manager. Failure to nominate will result in the premises no longer being able to sell alcohol
You must apply to vary your premises licence if you want to make any changes. Under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005, there can be either major or minor variations to a licence.
A major variation includes varying:
- Any of the conditions of the licence;
- Any information contained in the operating plan, i.e an increase to licensed hours, adding activities such as adding off sales
- The layout plan, such as adding an unlicensed area ie an extension to a beer garden or moving or increasing the off sales area; or
- Any other information contained or referred to in the licence.
The cost of a major variation depends on the category of the premises.
An application form can be found here
An operating plan can be found here
If you are making changes to the layout plan then guidance for what is required can be found here
A major variation will be decided by the Licensing Board at a licensing Board meeting.
A minor variation means:
- Any variation of the layout plan that does not make it inconsistent with the operating plan;
- Restricting children and young persons access to the premises; or
- A change to the Designated Premises Manager
The cost of a minor variation is £20. The cost of varying the Designated Premises Manager is £31.
The application form can be found here
Transfer of licence
A premises licence holder may apply to the Licensing Board for the transfer of the premises licence.
Section 33 of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 allows the holder of a current Premises Licence to transfer that licence to another person.
- The transferee must not be aged under 18,
- The application must include the premises licence to which the application relates or a statement of reason for failure to produce the licence.
Section 34 of the 2005 Act allows a Premises Licence to be transferred by a person (aged 18 or over) other than the licence holder.
A person other than the holder of a premises licence may within 28 days of the occurrence of any of the events below, apply to the Licensing Board for the transfer to that person of the premises licence.
The events referred to are the premises licence holder, being an individual
- dies, or
- becomes incapable within the meaning of section 1 (6) of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000
- the premises licence holder , being an individual, a partnership or a company, becomes insolvent,
- the premises licence holder, being a person other than an individual, a partnership or a company, is dissolved, and
- the business carried on in the licensed premises to which the licence relates is transferred (whether by sale or otherwise) to another person
The application is form is here
Operating Plan Guidance
An operating plan will detail the following,
- The activities to be carried out on the premises i.e. live music, functions, outside drinking space
- The times when alcohol will be sold,
- Whether alcohol is to be sold for consumption on or off the premises or both,
- Times when any activities other than the sale of alcohol will be carried out,
- Where alcohol is to be sold on the premises,
- A statement detailing whether children or young people will be allow on the premises and if so details of when they can be present, times and parts of the premises they can enter,
- The capacity of the premises, for onsales that will be the maximum number pf persons that can be permitted and for off sales that will be the m2 for the area where alcohol will be displayed.
- Specific information about the premises manager
and any other relevant information.
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