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.
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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.