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Fife Licensing Board

Fife Licensing Board is an independent regulatory body by virtue of Section 5 of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005. The Board members are made up of local councillors and they must undergo training to be allowed to sit on the Board.

Current Board Members:

Function of the Board

The Fife Licensing Board is there to administer and determine applications for premises that sell alcohol to the public. They are also required to regulate certain Gambling activities within Fife.

Licensing Policy Statements

The Licensing Board is required to provide policy statements that set out how they intend to exercise its functions in terms of both Liquor Licensing and Gambling.  These can be viewed from the publications section on this page.

Fife Licensing Board’s Statement of Licensing Policy 2023 – 2028 will take effect from 5 November 2023, this can also be viewed in the publications section below.

Fife Licensing Board Annual Functions Report and Financial Report

The Licensing Board is required to publish an annual report setting out how it has carried out its functions, summarising the decisions made and also a financial report on the Board's Income & Expenditure during the financial year. View The Fife Licensing Board's Function Report and the Financial Report for 2022/23 along with details of the Premises Licence Applications, Occasional Licence Applications and Extended Hours Applications which can also be viewed from the publications section on this page.

Attending a Licensing Board Meeting

When the Licensing Board has to consider an application, the applicant and any person who has made an objection or representation will be cited to the meeting to present their case before the Board makes a decision.

Prior to the Board meeting the applicant will receive a citation letter requesting their attendance and the letter will detail any issues that are required to be addressed at the Board.  If you are the applicant you will also receive copies of any reports or letters that the Board will take into account.

View the 'What to expect when attending a Licensing Board Meeting' document for more information.

General Extensions/Festive Extensions

Notice of Fife Licensing Board’s Festive Extension is detailed within their current Statement of Licensing Policy:

For the duration of the policy, 5th November 2023 – 4th November 2028, a determination has been made under Section 67 (1) of the Act that the following festive extension will apply each year:

During the period 2nd December to 2nd January, those On-Sales premises whose premises licence indicates that they have opted to benefit from festive seasonal variations would automatically be entitled to open as follows:-

On-Sales premises would be granted an extension on a daily basis until 1.00 a.m. This means that those premises currently enjoying a 1.00 a.m. extension on some days of the week (usually Fridays and Saturdays) would be entitled to a 1.00 a.m. terminal hour on all days during the above festive period.

Those premises which currently have until 2.00 a.m., 3.00 a.m. or 4.00 a.m. on specified days can have until 1.00 a.m. on all other days if not already enjoyed.

There would be no automatic right to any extended hours beyond 1.00 a.m.

There is no requirement for any licence holder to trade during any extended hours resulting from the making of this determination.

Any extension sought out with those permitted by the determination or sought by premises not covered by the seasonal variation would require to be applied for by way of a section 68 Application for Extended Hours and such applications would be determined individually on their merits.

When applying for an extended hours application, please note that at least 28 days notice of the event date is required

For further information on Fife Licensing Board and to view scheduled meetings & agendas visit their profile page: Fife Licensing Board

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