Late Hours Catering Licence

In Scotland, if you want to sell food or drinks between 11pm and 5am on a premises or in a venue, then you will need a late hours catering licence.

LICENCE Name

Late Hours Catering Licence

AUTHORITY

Local Council

TIME TO GET LICENCED 4 weeks
COST £216.00
VALID FOR 3 years
ELIGIBILITY 18+ years, right to work in UK
STEPS TO GET LICENSED
1

Pre-application requirements

Display a public notice detailing your application for 21 days
2

Application for Late Hours Catering Licence

Applications to be made via local council
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What is the late hours catering licence?

Everyone likes a drink (or two) on a weekend, but to drink into the early hours, the venue or premises that you are drinking or eating in will have had to obtain late hours catering licence.

A late hours catering licence allows a venue or premises, whether that be a bar, pub or restaurant to sell food and drinks between the hours of 11pm until 5am in the morning.

But it isn’t just eating and drinking establishments that require a late hours catering licence. A late hours catering licence is required whether or not the food is consumed on or off the premises. This means that a licence is required for takeaways and supermarkets as well as restaurants and cafés selling food during these hours.

Late hours catering licences are governed by the provisions of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982.

How to apply for a late hours catering licence

Late hours catering licence applications must be made via your local council. You can find the contact details for your local council at the Official UK Government Website.

FAQs

If you already have a personal licence to sell alcohol between 11pm and 5am, you will only need a late hours catering licence if you’re going to sell food. Personal licence holders should check with their local council to see if their licence covers the sale of alcohol between the hours of 11pm and 5am.
Yes, but you cannot sell or provide the service of food and drinks during the hours of 11pm and 5am. If you do sell or provide the service of food and drink during these hours without a licence, you may be fined.
Councils can allow businesses to sell food and drink at night for up to 2 months a year for special occasions such as Christmas or New Year’s Eve celebrations, without the need of a late hours catering licence. Contact your council to find out if you are eligible for an exemption.
A late hours catering licence can last up to 3 years and will need to renewed.