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The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 sets out five high level licensing objectives which represent the principles on which the new licensing system is based. It also provides Licensing Boards with a solid foundation on which to build their own local policies.

The five objectives are:

  • preventing crime and disorder
  • securing public safety
  • preventing public nuisance
  • protecting and improving public health
  • protecting children from harm

These objectives aim to improve:

  • public health
  • improve the environment for social drinking to one which is safe and welcoming for all
  • to encourage an environment where families can socialise safely together

Under the Act there are two licences:

The content of the operating plan will give the Licensing Board a very clear view of the applicant’s proposals and the scale of the venture. Alcohol may only be sold in accordance with the operating plan.

Community toolkit

Alcohol Focus Scotland has a useful community toolkit with the aim of explaining how the liquor licensing process works in Scotland. It advises how to object to licensing applications, how to seek a review of a premises licences and provides practical assistance for people who want to get involved but aren’t sure where to start.

Door stewards

From 1 November 2007 all door stewards must be registered with the GOV.UK: Security Industry Authority in terms of the Security Industry Act (2001). If you employ door stewards you must ensure that they are properly licensed.

Contact the Security Industry Authority for more information.

Contact Information


Licensing Board Administration
London Road
East Ayrshire
Telephone: 07557 168826