Licensing update - changes to applications for premises licences
Those who require to hold a premises licence should be aware of a change to the regulations which govern applications for premises licences which came into force on 30 March 2018.
It is a requirement (under section 20 of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005) for those applying for an alcohol premises licence to provide an operating plan, a layout plan and certain certificates along with the application for the licence. From 30 March 2018 (following the change which is set out in the Premises Licence (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2018) it will be necessary for applications to also contain a disabled access and facilities statement.
A form for the disabled access and facilities statement will be added to the 2007 regulations. The form initially asks whether there is disabled access to the premises, whether there are facilities for those with a disability or whether there are any other provisions available to aid the use of the premises by disabled people. If the answer to any of these questions is yes then the applicant is asked to provide further details of the disabled access to, from and within the premises, the facilities available and the other provisions.