Licensing Issues

Merchiston Community Council has a number of licensed premises (pubs and bars) within its area. When, on occasion, one or more of these has been the subject of complaints from neighbours about noise and other disturbance, MCC has on behalf of these residents formally objected to the granting/renewal of late licences. The City of Edinburgh Licensing Board is the statutory licensing authority under the Licensing Scotland Act 2005 and the Gambling Act 2005 for the City of Edinburgh local government area The Board is made up of nine local authority Councillors who are elected by the City of Edinburgh Council The Board is supported by a Clerk and administrative staff made available by the Council. The Board is under a duty to publish a statement of licensing policy and review this on a three yearly basis. This statement will offer guidance and clarity on the policy on which the Board will base its decisions in implementing its functions under the Notice of Application for Regular Extension of Permitted Hours Notice of applications is no longer given in the local press. Instead, you have to look at the relevant section of the City Council website : Notice of New Premises Licence Applications MCC Chairman Robin Morris is a member of the Licensing Forum, which is responsible for keeping under review the way in which the Licensing Board exercises its functions. Any local resident who suffers noise disturbance from a pub or bar should contactthe Council Noise Team on 0131 200 2000 (available 24 hours) or the Police.


Name: Licensing Section Address: The City of Edinburgh Council, 249 High Street Edinburgh EH1 1YJ Tel: 0131 529 4208 Fax: 0131 529 4207 E-mail: On 26 November 2007 the City of Edinburgh Licensing Board adopted a statement of licensing policy. This follows a period of consultation which resulted in revisions being made to the text. It is designed to remain in place for three years, to November 2010. The policy will be made available on the Licensing Board pages on the City of Edinburgh Council website, but a copy can also be read on this website by following the link below. We will air any current licensing issues here but the document below may be of interest. Statement of Licensing Policy