Licensing news

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. Further information relating to this can be found here.


Public views sought for taxi fare review in Highland

The public is being asked for its views on proposals by The Highland Council to review the maximum level of charges for the hire of taxis or private hire cars fitted with taxi meters operating under licence of The Highland Council.

The Council has a statutory duty in terms of Section 17 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 to review its scales for the fares and other taxi related charges every 18 months.

At the Highland Licensing Committee meeting of 3 December 2019, Members agreed a draft tariff for public consultation which included the following:

  • No change to any of the current tariffs
  • The soiling charge (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 a maximum of £100 to a maximum of £120

The proposed draft tariff would take effect from late April 2020.

Full copy of the draft tariff for public consultation

Members of the public are invited to submit their comments about the above proposals by Monday 6 January 2020. This can be done via an e-mail to or in writing to Claire McArthur, Principal Solicitor (Regulatory Services), The Highland Council, Council Offices, High Street, Dingwall, IV15 9QN

All representations received will be considered by the Highland Licensing Committee at their meeting of 18 February 2020.

Licensing of the public performance of plays

The Highland Licensing Committee, at their meeting on 5 November 2019, resolved to licence the public performance of plays under the public entertainment licensing regime after the repeal of the Theatres Act 1968 on 27 January 2021.  This was after consideration of the responses received from the public consultation exercise and weighing up that it was necessary to licence the public performance of plays for the preservation of public order and public safety.

The statutory procedure set out in section 9 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 must now be followed which includes a formal publication of the proposal to vary the existing Public Entertainment Licence resolutions followed by a 28 day consultation period.

Read the resolution 

Any representations in relation to the proposed new resolution may be made in writing to the Principal Solicitor - Regulatory Services, Council Offices, High Street, Dingwall, IV15 9QN or to within 28 days of the first publication of this notice and will be considered by the Highland Licensing Committee before any resolution is finalised. 

The Highland Licensing Committee may make such modifications to the proposed Resolution as they think fit in the light of representations made to them about it provided such modifications do not extend its scope.

Personal Licence renewals

  • If your licence was issued on or before 1 September 2009, you need to renew it. The deadline for renewals is 31 May 2019
  • If you miss the deadline and your licence expires you could lose the right to sell alcohol on your premises

If you hold a Personal Licence which expires on 31 August 2019, we recommend that you do the refresher training and submit the training certificate with the renewal application. You should not delay your renewal application because you have not taken any action to book onto a refresher training course or do not yet have the refresher training certificate. We suggest that you use your existing training qualification, which are accredited for renewal purposes as evidence of your licensing qualification. Read more at the website. Submit this existing training qualification along with your application form and renewal fee without delay to meet the 31 May deadline. Evidence of your refresher training certificate would need to be submitted as soon as possible after you have submitted your application.

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 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 
  • Apply to renew a personal licence every ten years, and lodge the renewal application no later than 3 months before expiry date of the licence.

Read our guidance

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