Late Hours Catering Licence policy

Closed 30 May 2016

Opened 16 Mar 2016


A late hours licence is required for the use of premises between 23:00 and 05:00 for the sale of food to the public. To help address issues of noise and disturbance from premises trading during unsocial hours the Council introduced general guidelines and licensing conditions in 1985. The policy is currently being reviewed and people's views are being sought on the proposed changes.

Why we are consulting

The Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 makes provision for the licensing and regulation of certain activities in order to achieve the following licensing objectives:

  • Preserve public order
  • Preserve public safety
  • Prevent public nuisance, and
  • Prevent crime

The current late hours licence policies and conditions are being reviewed to ensure that they are necessary and appropriate in terms of the above licensing objectives and in terms of promoting the Council's key priorities, which include improving the efficiency and effectiveness of Council services, building a prosperous city and improving health and wellbeing.

A number of changes have been proposed to the current policy and the Licensing and Regulatory Committee are keen to hear from anyone that has views on these.

What happens next

The responses this consultation will reviewed and a summary presented to the Licensing and Regulatory Committee on.....


  • All Edinburgh


  • Residents
  • Licence holders


  • Licences and permits