Licensing news

Consultation document on proposed new festive policy hours from 2019-20 onwards

The Highland Licensing Board are currently reviewing their festive policy hours for the period 2019-20 onwards.  You are invited to submit your views and comments on the proposed new festive policy hours  for the Highland Licensing Board’s supplementary policy statement on extended hours over the festive period no later than 15 December 2018. Read our proposed new festive policy

Responses can be submitted by letter or email and should be addressed to:

Susan Blease,
Principal Solicitor – Regulatory Services,
Council Offices,
High Street,
Dingwall   IV15 9QN

Tel. 01349 868 538            
E-mail: susan.blease@highland.gov.uk

Act now if you want to keep your Personal Licence

If your personal licence was issued on or before 1 September 2009 this applies to you and you need to act now:

  • Personal Licence Holders must undergo refresher training every 5 years to refresh their knowledge of the licensing regime, and send the training certificate to your local Licensing Board Office and
  • Personal Licence Holders must apply to renew their personal licence every ten years, and lodge the renewal application no later than 3 months before expiry date of the  licence.  

Please read this guidance

Applications for new premises licences - disabled access and facilities

Any application for a new premises licence received after 30 March 2018 must now be accompanied by a  Disabled Access and Facilities Statement as well as the certificates needed for planning, building standards and food hygiene.

Guidance for completion of the statement


Immigration Act 2016 - Licensing of taxi/PHC booking offices

This act means we are unable to grant a taxi/PHC booking office licence unless a face to face check has first been made to verify that the applicant is not disqualified by reason of his or her immigration status from holding a booking office licence.

All applicants for a booking office licence, including UK passport holders, will have to attend their nearest licensing office in person with original documents (passport or other acceptable documents) demonstrating that they have the right to work in the UK. This includes all current new applications and renewal applications.

If the application is made by a company, partnership or other type of firm, then all persons detailed on the application form as directors, partners or other person responsible for the management of the firm will require to undergo this check. Employees employed by the firm to manage the booking office, and who are not responsible for the management of the company, partnership or firm itself, will not require to undergo this check. It is the responsibility of the company, partnership or firm itself to ensure that such employees have the required immigration status.  

Licensing staff will check the validity of the original documents in the presence of the applicant before the licence can be issued. We will keep copies of these documents. A further document check will only be required at subsequent renewal where the applicant’s immigration permission to work in the UK is time-limited.

Read which documents which can be accepted for these checks.

This checking process is in addition to the criminal history check which we carry out with Police Scotland.
 

Taxi Tariff - Payment card surcharge

Following a change to the law on surcharges for card payments - from 13 January 2018 taxi and private hire car operators will no longer be allowed to charge an additional fee to those customers who want to pay by debit or credit card.

Immigration Act 2016 - Taxi and private hire car drivers licence applications

This act means we are unable to grant a taxi driver or private hire car (PHC) driver licence unless a face to face check has first been made to verify that the applicant is not disqualified by reason of his or her immigration status from driving a taxi or private hire car.

All applicants for taxi or PHC driver licences, including UK passport holders, will have to attend their nearest licensing office in person with original documents (passport or other acceptable documents) demonstrating that they have the right to work in the UK. This includes all current new applications and renewal applications

Licensing staff will check the validity of the original documents in the presence of the applicant before the licence can be issued. We will keep copies of these documents. A further document check will only be required at subsequent renewal where the applicant’s immigration permission to work in the UK is time-limited.

Read which documents which can be accepted for these checks.

This checking process is in addition to the criminal history check which we carry out with Police Scotland.
 

Taxi and private hire car inspection fees

Operators must pay the £95 inspection fee plus an additional amount of £19 VAT (£114 in total).

For combined inspections (Council Test and MOT) the fee will be £134 (as no VAT is paid on the MOT element.) Operators may request a VAT receipt from us for this payment.

 

 

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