Licensing fees - The Scottish position
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’.
In total, four recommendations have been made:
- 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.
- Once recommendation 1 is in place to thereafter revisit the fees regime issue as better data will available.
- 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.
- To revisit the special status awarded to Members' Clubs.