Scottish Government launches consultation on licensing  dog, cat and rabbit breeding

The Scottish Government is running a consultation until 30 November 2018. It is in relation to the Government's proposals to introduce new regulations for the licensing of dog, cat and rabbit breeding which includes an independent accreditation for breeders.

You can download the consultation and have your say here

Top Licensing Tip: Prepare for the Festive season

Whilst Halloween is still a month away, from a licensing perspective it is time to finalise stage one of your Festive licensing arrangements.

The vast majority of Licensing Boards have a Policy on Festive extensions covering much of Christmas and New Year BUT you should take nothing for granted. The policies differ greatly from Board to Board and whilst some grant general extensions, which require no action from licence holders, others set what times and days you can have but this is dependent on applications or notifications from the licence holder. Often there is a significant lead in time.

To make sure you get the full benefit of the season of goodwill, find out what you need to do now and where appropriate take the relevant steps. If you have any concerns or doubts please get in touch.

Licensing Board Policies - consultation update

Stirling Licensing Board are consulting on new draft licensing policy statement.

Falkirk Licensing Board have published their draft licensing policy statement and seek views from stakeholders. The policy can be accessed here and the deadline is 19 October.

Moray Licensing Board's draft statement of licensing policy is accessible here with comments due by 26 October.

Aberdeen has a dual consultation running on both its draft licensing policy statement and its on-sales overprovision policy. The last day for responses is 31 October.

Scottish Craft Distillers Association (SCDA) – relaunched and renamed

The SCDA has rebranded and relaunched as the Scottish Distillers Association with a revised membership criteria.

In order to be admitted as an accredited Scottish Distiller members must:

  • Own and operate a still in Scotland
  • Have a skilled and qualified named individual responsible for quality
  • Distil and bottle spirits in Scotland
  • Make reasonable claims in the place naming of spirits
  • Operate with an HMRC licence and in accordance with the Trades Description Act, Advertising Standards Authority and responsible drinking guidelines

Gambling News

Consultation on age and identity verification underway

The Gambling Commission is currently consulting on changes aimed at 'further protecting children and keeping gambling fair and safe.'

The proposed changes to the Gambling Commission’s Licence conditions and codes of practice would require online gambling businesses to verify:

  • the age of customers before they can deposit money or gamble, or access play-for-free versions of gambling games
  • the identity of a customer – including their name, address, date of birth and email address – before they are allowed to gamble
  • that the name associated with the customer’s payment method matches the name of the gambling account holder.

This consultation is relevant to all remote gaming and betting licensees, and some remote lotteries. The proposals would also affect consumers of remote gambling.

The Gambling Commission are also keen to hear from identity verification solution providers, in particular where they can provide details of technological and information capabilities.

The consultation closes on 27 November. Full details can be found at here.