Licensing fees - The Scottish position

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The Scottish Government recently issued a report looking at alcohol licensing fees, entitled the ‘Review of Alcohol Licensing Fees – Steering Group: Recommendation to Scottish Ministers’.

Summary

In total, four recommendations have been made:

  1. To place a duty on Licensing Boards to account for their costs and fee income in a transparent manner in order to demonstrate that their fees regimes operate on a cost recovery basis.
  2. Once recommendation 1 is in place to thereafter revisit the fees regime issue as better data will available.
  3. Occasional licence fees should be increased beyond £10, with some discretion afforded to Licensing Boards over the amount. A range of £20 – £80 was suggested.
  4. To revisit the special status awarded to Members' Clubs.