Venison Dealer's Licence

A licence is required by all those who are dealers in venison. A dealer in venison includes any person or business which sells or offers to sell venison, purchases or offers to purchase venison. This will most likely affect butchers, game dealers and supermarkets.

The venison dealer's licence will be granted to any person who is fit to deal with venison, will be valid for no more than three years and must be renewed at the time of expiry.

Every licensed dealer must also keep a book in which a copy of all purchases and receipts of venison are recorded. This can be inspected by any authorised person or police constable.

Before completing an application form please read our Guidance Notes (pdf).


You are required to sign and date the declaration at the bottom of the application form. This is a very important part of the form and you should note that it is a criminal offence to make a false declaration for which you can be prosecuted and fined up to £2,500. 

Once you have completed the application form below you should submit it with the appropriate fee to:

Governance, Strategy & Performance, The Moray Council, High Street, Elgin, IV30 1BX.

Your application will be copied to Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the Red Deer Commission for their observations. If no objection or observation is made on your application by them, we will proceed to issue your licence.

If an observation or objection is received, your application will be referred to the Licensing Committee where elected Members will consider the matter. You will be given an opportunity to attend this meeting and put your case in support of your application.   

Application Form (PDF) Application Form (Word)

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