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Venison dealing licence

Section 33 of The Deer (Scotland) Act 1996 requires that venison dealers in Scotland must be licensed. There is an application fee which must be paid at the time the application is made.

 It is an offence for any person to sell, offer or expose for sale venison unless he is a licensed venison dealer or is selling to or has purchased from a licensed venison dealer.

It is essentially the wholesalers who need to be licensed.  In other words every butcher and retailer in Scotland does not need a licence so long as the venison on sale has been purchased from a licensed dealer.

Licences are issued by the Council and are valid for three years.  Licensed venison dealers must maintain records of purchases and receipts of venison which are open to inspection by Scottish Natural Heritage and any Police officer.

Venison dealers returns

SNH require all licensed venison dealers in Scotland to submit their records of all purchases and receipts of venison for the period 1st April - 31st March each year.

Applying for a licence

Download a venison dealer application form (Word doc) [183KB]  and return to Perth & Kinross Council, The Environment Service, Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth  PH1 5GD.  You must include the application fee at the same time the application is made.  The fee as at 1st April 2024 is £211.00.

Further information

For further information, contact the Food / Health & Safety Team on 01738 476476 or email .

Last modified on 18 April 2024

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