Civic licence holders: COVID-19 guidance

Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 Licences (non-taxi and private hire)

The Licensing Department has received a number of enquiries and questions from licence holders in respect of their licences and the effect of the current COVID -19 pandemic. This page has been designed to help answer the most frequent queries and recurring questions we have received.

The licences covered by this guidance are:

  • second hand dealers
  • knife dealers
  • metal dealers
  • boat hire
  • street traders
  • late hours catering
  • market operators
  • public entertainment 
  • indoor sports entertainment
  • window cleaners
  • skin piercing and tattooing

Licences that expired on 31 March 2020

Angus Council used emergency powers to ensure that all licences due to expire on 31 March 2020 were extended by a period of 3 months at no cost to the licence holders. Those licences expired on 30 June 2020 (subject to below). 

If, however, you submitted your application before 31 March 2020 and it had already been renewed, then your licence will run as normal until 31 March 2021 and the extension does not apply.

Licences that expired 30 June 2020

If you have a licence which was due to expire on the 30 June 2020 the new legislation allowed a period of up to three months after the expiry of your licence for you to make an application to renew the licence if you were able to complete the application “on good cause shown”. This meant, on good cause shown, you had until 30 September 2020 to renew your licence.

If your licence was due to expire on 30 June 2020 and you did not submit a renewal by 30 September 2020, your licence has expired, and you are no longer licensed. If this applies to you we suggest you get in touch with us at LAWLicensing@Angus.gov.uk to discuss your situation.

Any applicant who submitted their licence application for renewal with an expiry date of 30 June 2020, the subsequent expiry date will be 30 June 2021, even if you applied on good cause shown for late renewal.

The above also applies for licences which were extended from 31st March 2020 to 30th June 2020, ie the new expiry date will be 30th June 2021 and if you did not renew by 30th September, it has expired.

Licences that expired on 30 September 2020

If you hold a licence which expired on 30 September 2020 and have not already applied for renewal, you may do so “on good cause shown” by no later than 31 December 2020. If you do not apply by this date, your licence will expire and no longer remain in force.

Please note, if you apply for renewal late and it is granted, the expiry date of your licence will not change and will remain 31 September 2021.

Licences that expired on 31 December 2020

If you hold a licence that expired on 31 December 2020 and have not already applied for renewal, you may do so “on good cause shown” by no later than 31 March 2021. If you do not apply by this date, your licence will expire and no longer remain in force.

Please note, if you apply for renewal late and it is granted, the expiry date of your licence will not change and will remain 31st December 2021.

Licences due to expire 31 March 2021

If you have a licence that is due to expire on the 31 March 2021 and are able to complete your application, please submit it. If there are any difficulties in submitting your application electronically, please contact the Business Support Team so that they can assist you.

We understand that there are still several problems in licences being renewed on time.

If you are having difficulty in relation to completing your application, please contact the Business Support Team as soon as possible.

The new legislation allows a period of up to three months after the expiry of your licence for you to make an application to renew the licence if you are able to complete the application “on good cause shown”. For example, if your licence is due to expire on 31 March 2021 and you are unable to afford the renewal fee or obtain other required documentation to support the application, you will now have until 30th June 2021 to submit the completed application. Your licence will remain in force during this time. As part of this you will have to complete a “on good cause shown” form” (late form) outlining the reasons for the application being late, but this does not involve an extra fee.

Please note, if you submit a late renewal on good cause shown and it is granted during the three month period, the subsequent renewal date will remain 31 March 2022.

Face to face appointments 

Due to the UK and Scottish Government Guidance on COVID-19 we are not currently offering appointments at Angus House, Orchardbank Business Park, Forfar. 

Be safe

We would like to also take the opportunity to remind the trade to keep safe and adhere to the official advice and guidance issued by both Scottish and UK Governments for your safety.