Licensing policy statements

The current statements of licensing policy for the North, Central and South Aberdeenshire Licensing Boards in terms of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 are listed below. These policies were due to be reviewed in 2016 but, due to provisions being enacted under the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015, the Scottish Government has postponed the requirement for review of statements of licensing policy until after the local government elections in May 2017. The boards existing statements of licensing policy remain in effect until that time.

Review of licensing policy statements

Having considered the views and the evidence put forward by members of the public and its partners, the Aberdeenshire Licensing Boards have prepared a revised policy statement and this is presented for comments.

Before making a comment on the boards' policy please read both documents:

Paper copies of these documents are also available from the following offices:

  • The Town House, 34 Low Street, Banff, AB45 1AN
  • Gordon House, Blackhall Road, Inverurie, AB51 3WA
  • Viewmount, Arduthie Road, Stonehaven, AB39 2DQ

You can also request them in alternative formats. To do so please email licapps@aberdeenshire.gov.uk or phone 01467 534517.

The deadline for submitting any comments or views in respect of the revised policy statement is the 13th September 2018.
You can submit comments, views or recommendations:

The boards will consider all comments, views or recommendations expressed prior to finalising their policy statement later in 2018. 

North Board

The North Board agreed the terms of their policy statement for the period 30 November 2013 to 31 October 2016.

The revised policy statement are as noted below:

The North Board revised supplementary policy statement 4 – operating hours, in respect of the provisions relating to occasional licences, at their meeting on 21 December 2016. New provisions have been added relating to repeat applications for occasional licences. The purpose of the new provisions is to prevent unlicensed premises using repeated occasional licences to operate where they should be operating under a premises licence. The degree of scrutiny afforded by an application for a premises licence is not present where premises operate under a series of consecutive occasional licences. The Board considers that it is not generally appropriate for a premises to operate under series of consecutive occasional licences rather than a premises licences. The Board will require applicants to explain why an application for a premises licence is not being made. These new provisions will take effect from 1 January 2017

Strategic assessment

View strategic assessment documents:

The Board also agreed a set of revised local conditions. View the North Board local conditions 2013 to 2016.

Anyone wishing to take advantage of the revised local conditions should apply for a minor variation of their premises licences.

Annual report

The North Board has produced its first annual report (North Board) which includes the baseline figures for the year 2012 to 2013 and 2013 to 2014.

Central Board policy statement

The Central Board agreed the terms of their policy statement for the period 30 November 2013 to 31 October 2016.

The revised policy statement are as noted below:

Annual report

The Central Board has produced its first annual report (Central Board) which includes the baseline figures for the year 2012 to 2013 and 2013 to 2014.

South Board policy statement

The South Board agreed the terms of their policy statement for the period 30 November 2013 to 31 October 2016.

The revised policy statement are as noted below:

Annual report

The South Board has produced its first annual report (South Board) which includes the baseline figures for the year 2012 to 2013 and 2013 to 2014.

CCTV guidance from Police Scotland

View Police Scotland CCTV guidance (pdf 62.6KB).

Combined Scheme of Delegation

The Boards have combined their previous Schemes of Delegation into one combined document covering the three licensing Boards. The purpose of this document is to set out those matters that can only be dealt with by the Licensing Boards, the matters which can be considered by the Clerk following consultation with the Board Convenor, and the matters which can be dealt with by Officers. The new combined Scheme of Delegation is effective from 28th June 2017.

Annual functions report

In terms of Section 9A of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005. Each licensing board must prepare and publish an annual functions report not later than 3 months after the end of each financial year. The report must include:

  • a statement explaining how the board has had regard to the licensing objectives and its licensing policy statement (including any supplementary licensing policy statements) in the exercise of their functions in terms of the act during the financial year
  • a summary of the decisions made by or on behalf of the board during that financial year as well as information about the number of licences held and issued under the act in the board's area

View the boards' combined annual functions statement (pdf 1.17MB).

Financial statements

In terms of Section 9B of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005, each Licensing Board must prepare and publish a statement of the amount of relevant income received by the board during the financial year and the mount of relevant expenditure incurred in respect of the board’s area during the year. View the board's financial statements

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