Local Licencing Forum

The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 required each council in Scotland to establish a Licensing Forum, or divisional Licensing Forums for their area. It has 5 licensing objectives:

  • preventing crime and disorder
  • securing public safety
  • preventing public nuisance
  • protecting and improving public health
  • protecting children and young persons from harm

From 1st April 2018, we have a new Licensing Forum that replaces our previous North, Central and South Licensing Forums. Apply to become a member

The role of our local Licencing Forum is to review the operation of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 in our area and provide advice and recommendations at Licensing Policy level. It's the voice of the community on liquor licensing issues.

Our Forum meets 4 times a year and has a joint meeting with the Divisional Licensing Boards each year. These are open to the press and the public. View Forum agendas and minutes for: 

It operates in compliance with the terms of its constitution (pdf 50KB)

Become a member

Our Forum consists of between 5 and 21 members. This includes representatives of the Licensing Standards Officer and the Health Board. Other members are: 

  • holders of premises licences and personal licences
  • the Chief Constable
  • health, education or social work professionals
  • young people
  • residents within the Forum’s area

The Forum operates independently of our three Divisional Licensing Boards but share the common goal of having our area's best interests at the heart of decision-making.

If you are interested in the impact of the licensing decisions, you can become a member of our Licencing Forum by submitting the completed the membership application form (pdf 98KB).

Submit feedback

You can e-mail your views, suggestions or comments on local licensing matters to licensing.forums@aberdeenshire.gov.uk.

Help us improve