Extended hours

Where it is planned to sell alcohol outwith hours which have been granted under a premises licence and the proposed additional activity is to take place within the premises covered by the premises licence the application should be an Application for Extended Hours.

Only the holder of a premises licence may apply for an extended hours application.

The licensing board may only grant applications for:

  • a special event or occasion to be catered for on the premises (such as a wedding reception or birthday party), or
  • a special event of local or national significance

Notification by the Licensing Board

When a valid application has been received by the Board it will send a copy to the Divisional Commander, Tayside Division of Police Scotland and the Licensing Standards Officer. The Divisional Commander and Licensing Officer have 10 days in which to respond.

The board's decision

When considering an application the board must take into account an objection received from the Divisional Commander about the application and the licensing standards officer's report. The applicant will be given an opportunity to comment on the objection and/or report.

The board will issue a notice of its decision to the applicant, the Divisional Commander and the licensing standards officer any of whom may ask the Licensing Board for a statement of the reason for its decision.

Application Refused

Where an application is refused the applicant, Divisional Commander or licensing standards officer may ask for a statement of the Licensing Board's reason for refusal.


Where the Licensing Board refuse an application for extended hours the applicant has the right to appeal against that decision to the Sheriff Principal.


Apply at least fifteen days before the event.

Licence period
One month

£10 (set fee fixed by Scottish Government)

The undernoted condition will be applied:-

The Extended Hours Licence Holder shall ensure that such measures, as may be necessary, are taken to prohibit the intentional release of airborne launched lanterns, latex balloons and similar free-floating devices containing a naked flame, fuel cell, helium gas or similar elevation mechanism – whether the device is specified as biodegradable or otherwise in respect of which this licence is granted. Such lanterns or devices are commonly known as Chinese Lanterns, Sky Lanterns, Flying Lanterns, Glowing Lanterns, Night Sky Lanterns, Kongming Lanterns and similar. For the avoidance of any doubt, static, fixed, handing or waterborne ornamental or decorational lanterns, balloons or similar devices are not prohibited.


The Licensing Team are able to provide general guidance on licensing administration but cannot assist you to complete your application form or provide legal advice on whether a licence is required. You should seek legal advice from a solicitor or advice centre if you are unsure as to whether you require a licence.