Restaurants

You need a late night refreshment house licence if:

your building does not have a justices licence; and
it is open to the public for drinking alcohol between 10pm and 5am.

The council, police and fire service may consider applications together.

You need a late hours catering licence in Scotland, if you run a

café or
restaurant or
take away or
fast food premises and
serve food late at night

This is written down in section 42 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982.

You need a late hours catering licence if:

your premises are used between 11pm and 5am; and
you sell meals or drinks to the public - which can be eaten or drunk on or off the premises

You do not need a late hours catering licence if your premises are licensed in terms of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 1982.


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