Time is rapidly running out to comply with the biggest change to Scotland's licensing laws in 30 years and it affects the vast majority of outlets where alcohol is served and sold. Hospitality Training is concerned that a large number of establisments are leaving their applications to the last minute. Gerard Rattray, Personal Licence Holder Qualification trainer said, "There is a six week turnaround for Personal Licence applications, and I'm really concerned that some establishments might struggle to get everything through on time!"
To support the industry Hospitality Training is offering the Personal Licence Holders course on a number of dates over the summer. We anticipate that demand will be high.
The current system of seven licences and statutory opening hours will be replaced with two new licences: personal licence and premises licence. To continue to trade from 1 September 2009, you will need to apply for a premises licence and submit an operating plan and layout plan as part of the application process.
There will be a 'premises by premises' approach to opening hours, set by the local Licensing Board.
Once granted, premises licences will remain in effect until the occurrence of certain events, such as:
• The licence is surrendered or revoked under any provision of the Act
• The licensed premises ceases to be used for the sale of alcohol
A personal licence will last for 10 years.
To be eligible for a personal licence, an applicant must be aged 18 or over and possess a licensing qualification accredited by a recognised awarding body. A personal licence is issued to an individual and allows the individual to authorise the sale of alcohol.