Views sought on Edinburgh's Statement of Licensing Policy

An informal consultation is currently underway on Edinburgh Licensing Board’s Statement of Licensing Policy, which sets out how it will consider applications for licensed premises in the city.

The Board, which sits separately from the Council and is responsible for regulating the sale of alcohol to the public, must agree and publish a new policy by late 2018.

Views are sought on the existing policy, detailing the various matters the Board must take into account when considering liquor licensing in Edinburgh.

These cover a number of topics, including the licensing of pop-up bars, extending hours for special events and overprovision of licensed premises.

Councillor Norman Work, Convener of the Licensing Board, said: “As a licensing authority, it is our responsibility to secure public safety, protect and improve public health and prevent crime and disorder as part of our licensing objectives.

“The Statement of Licensing Policy provides guidance to board members when considering the sale of alcohol to the public, ensuring a consistent approach which takes into account all members of society. I would encourage the public to have their say and help us to create a new policy which does just that.”

Members of the public are encouraged to submit their feedback on the current policy via email or post as part of this initial, informal consultation, which closes on 22 December.

A more detailed, formal consultation will take place in early 2018, including engagement with key organisations such as Police Scotland and NHS Lothian, before the Board consults on the terms of a new draft policy in mid-2018.

Find out more about the consultation on the Council website.


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