Top

Occasional licence

If you wish to sell alcohol from premises that are not licensed, you will need to apply for an occasional licence from Fife Licensing Board.  An occasional licence will be valid for no more than 14 days and you must apply at least 6 weeks before the date of the event.

Applicants for an occasional licence must be:
  • the holder of a premises licence;
  • the holder of a personal licence; or
  • a representative of a voluntary organisation.

In respect of voluntary organisations the Licensing Board may issue in any 12-month period:
  • not more than 4 occasional licences for a period of 4 to 14 days;
  • not more than 12 occasional licences for a period of less than four days.

The total number of licences issued must not cover more than 56 days in any 12 month period.  These restrictions also apply to premises where the premises licenceholder is a Section 125 Club (formerly Registered Club).

Click here for a summary of the regulation relating to this licence

How to Apply

To apply for a Occasional Licence, download the application below:

Fife Licensing Board - Application Form for Occasional Licence

Fife Licensing Board will:
  • send a copy of the application to the Chief Constable of Fife Constabulary. 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.
  • give public notice of the application on FifeDirect.

If the Licensing Board has not received any notice from the Chief Constable, a report from a Licensing Standards officer or a notice of objection or representation from any other person 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 is no hearing the applicant must be given the opportunity to comment on any notice, report, representation or objection.

The following are the grounds for refusal: 
  • the premises in the application are excluded premises
  • there are no exceptional circumstances for allowing the sale of alcohol over a 24 hour period or if the application requests the sale of alcohol off the premises before 10:00, after 22:00 or both
  • the granting of the application would not be consistent with one or more of the licensing objectives
  • considering the nature of the activities proposed, the location, character and condition of the premises and the types of people likely to visit the premises it is decided that the premises are unsuitable for selling alcohol

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

Tacit consent will not apply as it is 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 4 weeks, please contact the Liquor Licensing Team on the details provided.

Failed Application Redress

Please contact the Liquor Licensing Team in the first instance.  Appeals against the refusal of an application 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 based on incorrect material facts
  • the Licensing Board acted contrary to natural justice
  • the Licensing Board used their discretion in an unreasonable manner

Other Redress

Any person may object to an application by way of a notice to the Licensing Board or make representations in support of the application or in relation to any conditions that should be attached to the licence.  You can view a list of occasional licence applications that have been lodged with Fife Licensing Board.

Appeals

Appeals against the granting of an application 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 based on incorrect material facts
  • the Licensing Board acted contrary to natural justice
  • the Licensing Board used their discretion in an unreasonable manner
     

Related

Liquor Licensing
Tel: 03451 55 11 77 Contact Liquor Licensing online
By Post: Fife House North Street Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LT
Go Top

We have placed cookies on your computer to improve your experience here. If you do not want us to use cookies you can change your settings at any time.