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Occasional Licences

An Occasional Licence is required by anyone who intends to temporarily sell alcohol on unlicensed premises (or is some case, Club premises).

How to apply

Before you apply please read our Occasional Licences Guidance for Applications. These notes explain how to complete the application form and the policies and legislation surrounding these licences.

Download an Occasional Licence - Application Form and return to the appropriate office.

What to include in your application

Your Application must include:

  • a description of the Premises
  • a description of the activities proposed

The more information you provide will help the Clerk decide whether your Application can be granted quickly, or whether your case will have to wait until the next meeting of the Board. It is particularly important that you complete the additional information part of the application for

Fees

Occasional licence fee: £10

If your Application is refused, or granted for less than you applied for, the fee is not refunded or reduced. Cheques made payable to Aberdeenshire Council

Timings

You should apply giving as much time as possible, and at least 6 weeks prior to the date the Licence is required.

Applications made 2 weeks or less prior to the date requested are unlikely to be accepted. Application made between 2 and 6 weeks prior to the date requested are likely to be classed as ‘late applications’. This will mean that future late applications might be rejected.

You should always give plenty of notice because your Application must be advertised for 1 week to allow members of the public to make any objections or representations.

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How many Occasional Licences can I apply for?

An Application for an Occasional Licence can be made by:

  • the holder of a Premises Licence
  • the holder of a Personal Licence
  • the representative of a Voluntary Organisation (you should give details of the Organisation)
  • a Club

For voluntary organisations and clubs, within a 12 month period we cannot grant more than:

  • 4 occasional licences each lasting more than 4 days
  • 12 occasional licences each lasting less than 4 days

provided that there are no more than 56 days in a period of 12 months where your premises has an occasional licence in effect.

There are no restrictions on the number of occasional licences which may be applied for over a 12 month period by the holder of a Premises Licence or a Personal Licence.

14 days is the maximum duration for an occasional licence. If the Licence is requested for more than 1 day, the Board may consider that this is not an 'occasion' at all.

What happens next?

Once we’ve received your application, we will consult with the Police and Licensing Standards Officer. If neither make adverse comment, and the application is within the Board's Policy, the application can be granted under ‘delegated powers’. This means that the decision to grant the Licence is made by the Clerk, rather than wait for the next Board meeting.

If there is any adverse comment, or if the application is outside the Board's Policy, the Application must be referred to a Hearing of the Licensing Board. You will be told about the Hearing and will be able to make representations in favour of your application.