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S5W-04752: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 17 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of alcohol licence applications being lodged by online distributors that can distribute across the UK, what its position is on how locally-led licensing regimes can respond to online sales.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 29 November 2016

The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 makes provision for the licensing of premises in Scotland where alcohol is sold remotely, for example, by means of telephone, fax or internet and despatched from Scottish premises.

For internet sales a premises licence is required for the premises from which alcohol is specifically selected for and despatched to the purchaser, such as a warehouse.

The application for a licence is made to the appropriate licensing board where the premises is located. It is therefore for individual licensing boards to consider any applications for a new licence whether relating to online sales or not, in line with the existing legislation.