Licensing news

Sexual Entertainment Venue (SEV) Licence

Please note that as of 1 January 2023, all SEV’s in The Highland Council area require a SEV licence to operate.

How to apply for a licence?

You can apply for a SEV licence by filling in the application form and submitting it to licensing@highland.gov.uk

Application Form

Please ensure that you have read the SEV Policy Statement, Standard Conditions and Best Practice Guide prior to submitting your application.

The Policy Statement can be viewed here

The Standard Conditions can be viewed here

The Best Practice Guide can be viewed here

Please make sure you have also read the following Privacy Notices prior to submitting your application:

https://www.highland.gov.uk/directory_record/1036156/civic_government_licence

https://www.highland.gov.uk/directory_record/1046990/licensing_objections_representations_and_complaints

 

How much does it cost for a licence?

An application for the grant of a SEV licence is £559

An application for the renewal of a SEV licence is £559

An application to vary a SEV licence is £279

 

Who can object to a licence?

It is open to any member of a licence to make an objection or representation to a SEV licence application. 

Please make sure you have also read the following Privacy Notices prior to submitting any objection or representation:

https://www.highland.gov.uk/directory_record/1036156/civic_government_licence

https://www.highland.gov.uk/directory_record/1046990/licensing_objections_representations_and_complaints

Please also read Annex E – Objections and Representation provided here prior to submitting an objection or representation

Documentation

Annex A - Application Procedure and Consultee List

Annex B – Application form

Annex C - Notice of Display

Annex D – Certificate of Compliance

Annex E – Objections and Representations guidance

Annex F – Form of Waiver

Annex G – Occasional Use Exemption Letter

 

Review of Taxi Tariff 2022/23

In accordance with the requirements of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, The Highland Council is reviewing its scales for the maximum fares and other taxi related charges for the hire of Taxis or Private Hire Cars fitted with Taxi Meters.

It is proposed that with effect from February 2023, the maximum fares, and extras, will be amended as follows:-

All tariffs proposed to be increased by 20%. The general effect of these proposed increases are detailed below.

Current Tariff 1 – £4.00 for the first mile plus £1.80 per mile thereafter

Proposed Tariff 1 increase - £4.90 for the first mile plus £2.20 per mile thereafter

Current Tariff 2 - £4.90 for the first mile plus £2.30 per mile thereafter

Proposed Tariff 2 increase - £5.90 for the first mile plus £2.70 per mile thereafter

Current Tariff 3 - £6.00 for the first mile plus £2.70 per mile thereafter

Proposed Tariff 3 increase - £7.20 for the first mile plus £3.30 per mile thereafter

Current Tariff 4 - £6.60 for the first mile plus £3.60 per mile thereafter

Proposed Tariff 4 increase - £8.00 for the first mile plus £4.30 per mile thereafter

Current Tariff 5 – £7.30 for the first mile plus £4.50 per mile thereafter

Proposed Tariff 5 increase – £8.90 for the first mile plus £5.50 per mile thereafter

Soiling charge – The maximum amount payable by an offending passenger, where a vehicle requires to be removed from service for cleaning in order for it to be restored to a usable state and condition be increased from £120.00 to £150.00.

Luggage charge – A maximum charge of £5.00 be introduced for the carriage of bulky items which cannot be reasonably accommodated in the boot of the vehicle being hired.  This charge may only be demanded if the customer is informed of the amount of the charge at the time of booking.  For the avoidance of any doubt, this will not apply to any items designed to assist the mobility of users such as wheelchairs or walking aids.

The Council hereby invites the public to submit written representations about these proposals.

For a copy of the full current taxi tariff together with a copy of the full proposed tariff please follow the link below

 https://www.highland.gov.uk/downloads/file/25623/current_taxi_tariff_and_proposed_new_tariff

For a copy of the report considered by the Highland Licensing Committee at its meeting held on 5 September 2022 please follow the link below

tps://www.highland.gov.uk/meetings/meeting/4664/highland_licensing_committee

Please write to the Principal Solicitor (Regulatory Services) at the address shown below or send an e-mail to licensing@highland.gov.uk by Monday 10 October 2022.   Representations received will be considered by the Highland Licensing Committee on 29 November 2022 before the new tariff is agreed.


 

Gambling Policy Statement 2022-25 

The Highland Licensing Board (HLB) has now finalised its Gambling policy statement 2022-25 under the Gambling Act 2005 which will become its policy statement for the period 2022-2025.  This will come into force on 1 January 2022.  

 

Licensing of the public performance of a play 

From 27 January 2021 a public entertainment licence will be required for the public performance of any play.

Read our guidance