Glasgow City Council opens public consultation on keeping nightclubs open until 4am

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The City of Glasgow Licensing Board has begun a public consulation to gather views and comments on its new draft Policy Statement on the licensing and regulation of the sale of alcohol in Glasgow.

One new significant proposal is to have a pilot scheme of allowing late night entertainment premises within the city centre to apply for licensed hours until 4am, which, if granted, would be reviewed after a period of 12 months.

Standard policy licensed hours for on-sales will remain 11am to 12 midnight across the city. There are a number of existing exceptions to that policy for nightclubs restaurants, function rooms and casinos:

• nightclubs or other late night entertainment premises are generally licensed to 3am where the premises are located in the city centre and 2am in all other areas
• where later licensed hours are granted to new or existing licensed premises, the “commencement licensed hours will generally be restricted to 7pm, thereby maintaining the move away from previous policy on so-called “hybrid premises” which were licensed throughout the day and into the early morning hours”.
• restaurants are generally granted licensed hours until 1am
• dedicated function rooms are generally granted licensed hours until 1am
• casinos have been granted licensed hours until 6am

With regard to on-sales licensed hours prior to 11am, the draft policy statement proposes to continue its current approach that there are “generally no circumstances under which it would consider granting early morning licensed hours”.

If this proposed pilot scheme is taken forward in the final version of the policy, the Licensing Board would expect licence holders applying for such a variation to their licence to be able to demonstrate “evidence of a commitment to safety and security measures as well as a focus on social responsibility in the existing operation of the premises”.

The 12 month review would take account of any evidence from Police Scotland and the NHS with regard to any measurable impact on crime or health data which can be linked with premises having an increase to their last licensed hour. If the pilot scheme is deemed successful the Board would look to implement a wider policy change.

Other aspects of the document will relate to areas judged to have an over-provision of licensed premises, occasional licenses, off-sales premises, management of outdoor drinking areas and other aspects of bars, clubs and restaurants in the city.

If you wish to share your views, your response should be in written form and can be sent to the Board as follows:

Post: The Clerk
City of Glasgow Licensing Board
City Chambers
George Square
Glasgow G2 1DU

Email: licensingboard@glasgow.gov.uk

Your response should be received by the Board by Friday 5 October 2018 to ensure your views are taken into account.