The Licensing Board is constituted under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 and is a Scottish public authority as defined in Part 3 of Schedule 1 to FOISA. The Council elects Councillors to make up the Licensing Board which is a completely separate legal entity from the Council.
The Board is responsible for the following functions within the East Dunbartonshire Council area:
- licensing premises for the sale of alcohol
- licensing gambling premises
- issuing permits for certain gambling activities
The Licensing Board holds meetings at:
Tom Johnston Council Chambers
12 Strathkelvin Place
All major decisions relating to the Board’s functions are made at Board meetings. However, certain non-contentious decisions are delegated to the Clerk under the Board’s Guides of Delegation. View the Council's Scheme of Delegation document. Information about decisions contained within minutes of Board meetings and statements of reasons. It should, however, be noted that statements of reasons are issued in only a limited number of cases where specifically requested by a party to a licence application.
In terms of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005, from 2017, Licensing Boards are required annually to prepare and publish a Finance Statement. The Statement shows the income and expenditure in respect of the functions of the Licensing Board for the previous financial year in respect of alcohol licensing..
The Income of the Licensing Board is made up of application and other fees paid to the Council on behalf of the Licensing Board. The expenditure is the staffing and other costs incurred by East Dunbartonshire Council attributable to carrying out the administrative and other functions on behalf of the Licensing Board.