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S5W-16953: Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 30 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action people who authorise the sale of alcohol, or manage or supervise in premises where alcohol is sold, require to take to maintain their Scottish Certificate for Personal Licence Holders, and whether these certificates will be valid for renewal in 12 months.  

Answered by: Michael Matheson 7 June 2018

The personal licence is a key element of the alcohol licensing regime and many licence holders will require to renew these before September 2019 – the “ten year point”.

The Act requires that renewal applications are lodged no earlier than twelve months prior to expiry and no later than three months before expiry. The first personal licences issued under the Act have an expiry date of 1 September 2019. Therefore, the window for first renewal applications opens 31 August 2018 and closes 31 May 2019.

We will shortly seek stakeholder views on a review of the implications for boards and the trade of the upcoming renewal period for personal licences, and we are at an advanced stage in discussions with a preferred supplier to review and update the relevant personal licence holder qualifications – an announcement will be made in due course. The Scottish Government will also be undertaking detailed engagement with stakeholders to agree and publicise arrangements ahead of the ten year point for personal licence renewal in September 2019.