Civic Government and Liquor Licences - COVID-19

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Special occasional licences for outdoor drinking areas during coronavirus

We are supporting licensed premises to open outdoor spaces when it is appropriate to do so.

During the coronavirus restriction period North Lanarkshire Licensing Board will consider applications for occasional licences for the specific purpose of facilitating the use of an appropriate outdoor space used by licensed premises to be used for the sale and consumption of alcohol.

We have produced pdf icon guidance [351kb] to outline the steps that premises will require to take to facilitate the opening of outdoor licensed spaces.

The Scottish Government has published guidance for the hospitality and tourism sector on collecting customer contact details

Regulatory Committee and Licensing Board

In light of the current situation surrounding Covid-19 and while social distancing restrictions are in force the Regulatory Committee and Licensing Board cannot meet in their usual format. Therefore, we have had to seek alternative means of facilitating the meetings remotely.

Guidance and information on remote hearings is available by selecting the links below.

pdf icon Guidance note on remote hearings - Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 [609kb]

pdf icon Guidance note on remote hearings - Licensing (Scotland ) Act 2005 [604kb]

Liquor licences

The Scottish Government via the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 has amended the timescales for renewal of a personal licence. This information will be updated as necessary.

If your application was due to be considered by the Licensing Board or Licensing Committee alternative arrangements will be made and you will be contacted directly about what that will involve.

Taxi and private hire vehicle testing

Any certificate of compliance currently in force and due to expire on or before 30 June 2020, will automatically be extended for a period of three months. All drivers should of course ensure that the vehicle is maintained in a roadworthy condition and that appropriate tax and insurance is in place.

New taxi and private hire specifications

The council recently approved new specification requirements for taxis and private hire cars.  The new specifications came into effect on 29 May 2020.  The full details of the specifications can be found below:

The new specifications for taxis and private hire cars permit the installation of protective screens to be fitted behind the driver and front passenger seat so long as there are no structural alterations made to the vehicle.  The council's fleet operations will have to inspect and approve the fitment of the protective screen and will issue a letter confirming whether the screen fitted is temporary or permanent and the protective screen will be checked at each annual inspection of the vehicle.

This information will be updated as necessary.

Financial help for taxi and private hire operators

Financial assistance may be available from the Energy Saving Trust.  Details can be found by selecting the link below.

Financial help for taxi and private hire operators 

All enquiries should be made to:

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