Local Licensing Forums

What Are Local Licensing Forums?

The Forum's role is to keep under review the operation of the Licensing Act in the Forum area and to give advice and make recommendations to the Board in relation to those matters as the Forum considers appropriate. The Forum is the community's voice on liquor licensing issues. This will be mainly at a policy level as the Forum cannot comment on individual cases before the Board. Each Forum will meet at least four times a year at quarterly intervals and will have one joint meeting with the Board each year. Forum meetings are open to the press and public.

Background Information

Under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 each Council established a Local Licensing Forum for their area. Aberdeenshire is divided into three licensing divisions and, instead of establishing one Local Licensing Forum for the area, the Council established three separate Forums for each licensing division; North, Central and South Aberdeenshire.

There are five Objectives which the Forums must take active steps to meet:

  • Preventing Crime and Disorder
  • Securing Public Safety
  • Preventing Public Nuisance
  • Protecting and Improving Public Health
  • Protecting Children from Harm

We Want To Hear From You

There is an Online Discussion Board where you can ask questions and a member of our team will publish the answer to your queries and concerns.

Alternatively, you can email your views, suggestions or comments on local licensing matters to licensing.forums@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

You may also wish to download the Forum's information poster to display in your local area.


Each Forum consists of between 5 and 21 members as the Council may determine and at least one of the members must be a Licensing Standards Officer for the Council's area. The Licensing Standards Officer will provide information and guidance to persons interested in the operation of the Act, supervise the compliance of the requirements of the Act by licence holders and provide mediation services for the purpose of resolving disputes between licence holders and any other persons concerning compliance of the Act.

The remainder of the members should include:

  • persons resident within the Forum's area;
  • young people;
  • persons having functions relating to health, education or social work;
  • holders of premises licences and personal licences (licensees); and
  • the Chief Constable for the Police area in which the Forum's area is situated.

If you are interested in the impact of the licensing decisions in your area then you may wish to be part of the local Forum. The Forums are independent from the Licensing Board but at the same time they share the common goal of having the local community's best interest at the heart of the decision making.


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