You will need a Late Hours Catering Licence if you sell meals or refreshments between 11:00pm and 5:00am.

Unless your premises:

  • Holds a Premises Licence in terms of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005; or
  • Holds a Public Entertainment Licence in terms of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982; and
  • meals or refreshments are only offered within licensed operating hours.

The Council may, on application made to them, exempt the use of premises requiring a late hours catering licence from the requirement to have such a licence:

  • In respect of any particular occasion; or
  • during a specified period not exceeding 2 months in any period of 12 months.

How to apply

The late hours catering licence application form is available to download.

New or renewal application form
Arrangements for Disposal and Presentation of Waste
Certificate of compliance
Guidance on applying for a late hours catering licence
Guidance on Completing an Application for a Late Hours Catering Licence
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You can also get application forms and more information on late hours catering licences by contacting us:

We are working towards an online application process and reviewing our forms and guidance notes.