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Drugs and Alcohol - Liquor Licensing

High Level Summary of Statistics Trend Last update: Thursday, August 31, 2017


Liquor Licensing

Following the full introduction of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 in September 2009, statistics have been collected on liquor licensing for each of the financial years 2010-11 to 2016-17. These statistics are not comparable with those collected in prior years.

There were 16,678 premises licenses in force in Scotland on 31st March 2017. The largest numbers were in City of Edinburgh, Glasgow City and Highland which together accounted for 30 per cent of the total. During 2016-17, 437 applications for premises licences were received, 59 per cent of which related to on sales. In addition, 396 applications for premises licenses were granted and 14 were refused during the year, under section 23 of the 2005 Act.

The number of personal licenses in force on 31st March 2017 was 56,236. The largest numbers were again in Glasgow City, City of Edinburgh and Highland. The number of applications for personal licenses under section 72 of the Act which were granted was 6,268, while 21 were refused.

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Source: Liquor Licensing Statistics Scotland 2016-17

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