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North Ayrshire Licensing Board

North Ayrshire Licensing Board is the statutory licensing authority responsible for all Alcohol and Betting Licences in North Ayrshire. The Board is constituted under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 and Gambling Act 2005.

North Ayrshire Council elects Councillors to be Members of the Board. The Chairman of the Licensing Board is Councillor Ian Clarkson. The Clerk to the Licensing Board is the Council's Senior Legal Services Manager, Christine Andrew.

For information on the range of information published by North Ayrshire Licensing Board, please read the North Ayrshire Licensing Board Guide to Information (Word, 75kb).

Licensing Board Dates

2016 Licensing Board Schedule
Board dateLast day for Applications
11 January 2016 27 November 2015
22 February 2016 15 January 2016
18 April 2016 11 March 2016
13 June 2016 6 May 2016
5 September 2016 29 July 2016
31 October 2016 23 September 2016
12 December 2016 4 November 2016

View the Licensing Board meeting schedule, minutes and related documents.

Licensing Policy Statement

Every 3 years North Ayrshire Licensing Board must adopt and publish a Licensing Policy Statement, setting out their policy for the exercise of their functions under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005.

At its meeting on 19 November 2013 the Board adopted the Licensing Policy Statement 2013-16 (Word, 328kb).

The following documents are also relevant:


Read our Statement of Principles (Word, 74kb) here under Gambling Act 2005, Section 349. The Board is the Licensing Authority for the purposes of the Act and is required to adopt and publish a Statement of Principles, reflecting its views on the policies which should be taken into account in exercising any function under the Act.


Within our Licensing Policy Statement under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 includes a statement regarding the extent to which we consider there to be an excessive number of licensed premises, or licensed premises of a particular type, in any single part of North Ayrshire. The Board may refuse a licence due to an overprovision of licensed premises in any one area. Legally, overprovision is not an issue under the Gambling Act 2005.

You can read the North Ayrshire Licensing Board’s Overprovision Assessments here:

Standard Conditions

When premises are granted a new licence, these are subject to a set of conditions. These Standard Conditions are reviewed by the council from time to time. On each occasion, a new edition of the Conditions is published.

Your premises are only controlled by the set of Conditions it was given at the time the licence was granted. So, only 1 edition of the Standard Conditions ever applies to particular premises licence. Your licence is not affected if the Board publishes a new edition. For this reason, we maintain several copies of our Standard Conditions:

Please note it’s possible the Licensing Board may later want to apply the newest edition to older Licences - this might happen if:

  • during Review procedure - the Board might uphold a complaint against the Premises and decide to vary some of the Licence Conditions, either tightening them or loosening them
  • during Variation proceedings (where the licence holder asks the Board to change some part of the licence, eg the licensed hours) the Board may decide to update the particular Premises’ conditions to the newest edition

In either case the individual Licence Holder can make representations to the Board.

Signs and Notices

The following are mandatory signs and notices under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005. If you are in any doubt which signs you are required to display, in relation to your Licence then please contact the Licensing Office.

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