Date lodged: 18 July 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether it has any plans to change the fees for new personal licence holders or renewals in relation to authorising, managing or supervising the sale of alcohol.
Answered by: Ash Denham 2 August 2018
The Scottish Government has no plans to change the current £50 fee charged when applying for a personal licence for the first time.
However, there is currently no fee set in regulations for a renewal application. The Scottish Government believes that there is a strong case for introducing a fee when applying to renew a personal licence to help Licensing Boards cover the cost of administration.
For that reason the Scottish Government has issued a public consultation on introducing a fee when applying to renew a personal licence. The consultation, which closes on 15 August 2018, can be viewed at: https://www.gov.scot/Publications/2018/07/1773
Any proposed legislative changes following this exercise would be subject to the approval of the Scottish Parliament.