Update of The Licensing (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2007

Closed 6 Jun 2018

Opened 14 Mar 2018

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The Licensing (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 came into force on 1st February 2008. They provide for various procedural matters under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005, relating to, amongst other things, the notification of licence applications, objections, representations, determinations and hearings.

The Scottish Government has committed to updating these regulations.

We would like to seek views, in particular, regarding the sections of these Regulations which relate to the public notification process. However, feedback will be accepted from respondents on other sections of these Regulations.

The likely costs and benefits of any proposed changes will be considered to establish if they are workable and proportionate.

Why We Are Consulting

The purpose of this consultation is to invite views to assist the Scottish Government in our considerations when updating The Licensing (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2007.

Local communities have an important voice in local licensing decisions. However, it has been suggested that there appears to be a lack of community engagement and low levels of public participation in the licensing process in many areas throughout Scotland.

There have been suggestions that improving public notification of licensing applications could help with encouraging people to have their say on licensing matters.

We want to provide stakeholders and members of the public with an opportunity to offer their views, to ensure that decisions on any potential changes to the regulations are taken with a sound understanding of the issues and implications.

Consultation is an essential part of the policy-making process. We will use the views expressed in response to this consultation to help inform the Government’s decisions about further action.

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What Happens Next

Where respondents have given permission for their response to be made public, and after we have checked that they contain no potentially defamatory material, responses will be made available to the public at http://consult.scotland.gov.uk. If you use Citizen Space to respond, you will receive a copy of your response via email.

Following the closing date, all responses will be considered along with any other available evidence. Responses will be published where we have been given permission to do so.


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