This month in summary:
The Government have announced the fee for the 10 year renewal of the personal licence will be £50 (the same as the fee for the original application). The relevant statutory instrument has been laid and the fee will be applicable post 1 October 2018.
A final outcome on the mechanism for licence renewals has yet to be announced but we understand that the requirement will be that the renewal application is accompanied by the £50 fee and a Refresher Training Certificate.
As licensing policy consultations land in our inboxes thick and fast in the run up to the November 2018 deadline, we have been highlighting (through our Bulletin and correspondence with clients) who is consulting, what on and when it closes.
If the sheer volume of consultations is making your head spin – welcome to the club!
However, the most important message we can advocate is "speak now or forever hold your peace"!
"Forever" may be a slight exaggeration but these new policies will come into force in November and last for four or five years. They will set the parameters on all manner of important issues for the trade like; hours; outdoor areas; overprovision; children's access; local conditions; live music and so on.
Now is your opportunity to have your say and influence the policy. Once these policies "go live" the licensing board must have regard to them when considering applications. If a week, a month or a year down the line you are seeking a licence or a variation outwith policy your prospects of success are significantly less! Don't therefore lament the policy once in place, unless you have taken the time to offer your view to the policymakers now.
You have been warned.
Clackmannanshire Licensing Board are seeking views on their new policy online. All responses are required by 13 September.
North Lanarkshire Licensing Board have published a Draft Statement Of Licensing Policy for 2018-2022 and are seeking comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by 21 September
North Ayrshire Licensing Board's policy consultation can be accessed here and views are sought on the general terms of the policy together with Overprovision
The Glasgow Licensing Board are formally consulting on a new draft licensing policy and have set the deadline for responses as 5 October 2018. Full details can be accessed here but the matters up for debate include
Somewhat surprisingly there are no moves to harmonise terminal hours across the city with the differential between within and outwith the city centre unchanged and despite the mooted 4am for nightclubs there are no extra hours for pubs.
Edinburgh have launched a joint consultation on the terms of its Licensing Policy and Overprovision.
The policy consutation can be accessed here.
Views are sought on the terms of the current policy and in particular
Furthermore the Board have identified 38 localities which it believes may demonstrate the characteristics of Overprovision and have asked for feedback
Following a Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) investigation into unfair terms and practices in the online gambling sector their report highlighted customers being unfairly prevented from withdrawing their money.
All gambling firms are now required to adhere to the standards set out by the CMA.
This warning comes on the back of new rules announced in July enabling the Commission to act quickly in respect of breaches of consumer law.
As the days shorten and the nights lengthen the licensing team have been busy as ever travelling the country to represent clients.
We have appeared at Boards and Committees in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Falkirk, South Ayrshire, Fife, Dumfries, North Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire.
In addition, Stephen and Niall attended the TLT sponsored Banchory Beer Festival – it's the toughest of jobs!This publication is intended for general guidance and represents our understanding of the relevant law and practice as at August 2018. Specific advice should be sought for specific cases. For more information see our terms & conditions.