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Extended-hours application

You'll need to submit an extended hours application to Fife Licensing Board if you wish to sell alcohol from your licensed premises, outwith your licensed hours. This will be in connection with:

  • a special event or occasion to be catered-for on your premises; or
  • a special event of local or national significance

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for extended hours must be the holder of a premises licence. You may apply for an extension of licensed hours for a period not more than one month.  You may not apply for another extension beginning, during or immediately after, any existing extension.

How to Apply

Use the link to the online form at the bottom of this page. Applications should be lodged at least 4 weeks prior to the event. Please note the Service Update above regarding the dates being applied for.

Fife Licensing Board will:

  • send a copy of the application to the Chief Constable of Police Scotland.  The Chief Constable can serve a notice recommending that the licence be refused on the basis of the crime prevention objective.
  • send a copy of the application to the Licensing Standards Officers

If the Licensing Board has not received any notice from the Chief Constable, or a report from a Licensing Standards officer, it must grant the application.

If any of these have been received, the Board must consider if there are grounds for refusal. If so the application will be refused. If not, it must be granted.

Hearings may be held when applications are being considered. If there's no hearing, the applicant must be given the opportunity to comment on any notice or report.

In granting any application extending the hours in which alcohol may be sold to beyond 1:00 am, the Board will apply the following Late Night Conditions 

In granting any application extending the hours in which alcohol may be sold to beyond 2:00 am, the Board will apply the following Late Night & Local Conditions

Notification of a refusal or granting of an application will be given to the applicant, the Chief Constable, and the Licensing Standards Officer. A statement of reasons can be requested by any person served with such a notice.

Assumed consent will not apply as it's in the public interest that the Licensing Board must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the Licensing Board within 2 weeks, please contact the Alcohol Licensing Team.

Failed Application Redress

Please contact the Alcohol Licensing Team in the first instance. Appeals against an application refusal must be made to the Sheriff Principal of the Sheriffdom of Tayside, Central and Fife. Appeals can only be made under one of the following grounds:

  • the Licensing Board erred in law
  • the decision was made on incorrect material facts
  • the Licensing Board acted contrary to natural justice
  • the Licensing Board used their discretion in an unreasonable manner

Contact Alcohol Licensing Team