Edinburgh Licensing Board - consultation on Statement of Licensing Policy

Closes 22 Dec 2017

Opened 30 Oct 2017


Edinburgh Licensing Board requires to consult on the terms of its Statement of Licensing Policy. The Board has agreed to begin with an informal consultation on the current policy, and encourages responses on all parts of the policy. 

Some consideration has already been given to the following topics:

  • Children and Young Persons’ access to licensed premises
  • Use of outdoor drinking areas
  • Licensing of “pop-up” bars
  • Extended use of Occasional Licences
  • Overprovision
  • Use of Extended Hours for events

The Board is keen however to encourage as broad a range of responses as possible.

Why We Are Consulting

The Edinburgh Licensing Board sits separately from the Council, and is the licensing authority for premises selling alcohol in its geographical area. The Board must agree a Statement of Licensing Policy which sets out how it will consider applications for licensed premises in its area, and all associated matters. A new policy must agreed and published in late 2018, and the Board must consult before agreeing its terms. 

This is your opportunity to contribute to the new policy, and the Board is keen to receive a wide range of responses. The results of the initial, informal consultation will be considered as part of a more detailed, formal consultation process in early 2018.

The current policy, also available on the Board’s website, sets out in detail the various matters the Board has regard to when considering liquor licensing in its area. Depending on responses received, the Board will consider holding evidence sessions on specific policy topics in 2018, before consulting on the terms of a new draft policy in mid-2018.

Give us your views

Click on image to download a copy of the Statement of Licensing Policy.

Click on link to supplementary statement on amplified music and vocals

Please send email responses to: licensingconsultation@edinburgh.gov.uk

Alternatively, you can send postal responses marked “Licensing Board Consultation” to:


City of Edinburgh Council

249 High Street




Copies of this documentation has been sent out to statutory consultees. Further copies can be provided upon request.


  • All Edinburgh


  • Businesses
  • Residents
  • Licence holders


  • All interests