News Scottish Government consults on introduction of personal licence renewal fee

The Scottish Government is inviting comments on the proposal to introduce a fee for applying to renew a Personal Licence and, if a fee were to be introduced, what the appropriate fee should be.

“The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on whether to introduce a fee for applying to renew a Personal Licence under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005.

Personal Licences in Scotland must be renewed every 10 years, providing the Authorities with an opportunity to check that any relevant convictions have been properly disclosed and ensuring that the photograph of the holder is updated.

The 2005 Act regime came into force in September 2009 and the Scottish Authorities are therefore expecting an influx of renewal applications for September 2019. The Scottish Government is proposing to introduce a renewal fee to help cover the administrative costs of dealing with the expected renewal applications.

The proposal is to charge £50.00 for each renewal application, which is the same amount charged for the grant of a Personal Licence.

Responses must be received by 15th August 2018, following which the Scottish Government will analyse the responses and, if appropriate, draft and lay legislation to embed any new fee into law.”

Full details of the consultation can be viewed by the link below:

https://beta.gov.scot/publications/licensing-scotland-act-2005-consultation-introducing-fee-applying-renew-personal/pages/1/ 

For more information contact licensing solicitor David Inzani on 020 3859 7760.