A Guide to Alcohol Licensing in Scotland
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- Published: January 2016
- Type: Business Information Factsheet
- Format: PDF
The sale and supply of alcohol in the UK is strictly regulated in order to prevent crime and disorder, protect the public, prevent public nuisance and protect children from harm.
In Scotland, Licensing Boards regulate the sale and supply of alcohol under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 as amended by the Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Act 2010. It is an offence to retail alcohol without holding an appropriate licence. The unauthorised sale or supply of alcohol is an offence punishable by a fine of up to £20,000 or a six-month term of imprisonment.
This factsheet explains the licences needed to sell or supply alcohol in Scotland. It explains how to apply for a licence and the costs involved.