Alcohol Licensing

In respect of alcohol licensing, we recognise that many of the changes which we would like to see require legislative change at a Scottish or UK level. However there are a number of areas locally that North Ayrshire ADP can work on with the North Ayrshire Licensing Board and Licensing Forum as part of the Public Health agenda.

This includes examining overprovision of licensed premises and what, if any, impact this has on communities in North Ayrshire and continuing to support measures such as test purchasing and tackling agent sales.

It is a requirement of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 that all staff receive mandatory training covering specific areas of the legislation. The Licensing Standards Officer undertakes regular premises visits to check on compliance and any concerns are reported to the Licensing Board.

The Local Licensing Forum meets regularly and the Board has recently updated their policy statement after a wide consultation. Regular operations in respect of test purchasing of alcohol by underage persons are coordinated and delivered by local officers on intelligence led basis, relative to off sales premises.



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