You need an occasional licence if you want to sell alcohol from unlicensed premises in Scotland.
You can apply for an occasional licence if any of the following are true:
- you’re from a voluntary organisation
- you hold a premises licence to sell alcohol
- you hold a personal licence to sell alcohol
You’re restricted to the number of occasional licences you can get each year if you’re a voluntary organisation.
You can only get licences for events connected with your organisation’s activities.
Occasional licences are valid for no more than 14 days. Conditions will be attached to a licence, eg pricing and how to check the ages of people buying alcohol from you.
Number of licences you can apply for
If you’re a voluntary organisation, you can apply each year for a maximum of:
- 4 occasional licences, each lasting for between 4 and 14 days
- 12 occasional licences, each lasting for 4 days or less
Voluntary organisations can’t have occasional licences for a total of more than 56 days a year.
How to apply
Contact your local council’s licensing board to get an application form or apply online.
It costs £10 to apply for an occasional licence, which you’ll have to pay whether you are granted the licence or not.
The licensing board will decide if you can have a licence.
Fines and penalties
You can be fined up to £20,000, go to prison for up to 6 months or both if you sell alcohol, or allow alcohol to be sold without a proper licence.