Find out changes to our services and advice in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus: Licenses and permits

Advice and guidance for current licence holders and new applicants on changes to our Licensing service

This guidance is for current licence holders and anyone planning to apply for a new licence. Everyone has a role to play in limiting the spread of Covid-19. Licence holders, including taxi and private hire car drivers, are reminded to follow Scottish Government advice including advice on isolation if you have symptoms.

Committee and Board Meetings

All planned meetings of the Licensing Committee and the Licensing Board have now been resumed and these are carried out virtually. If you are scheduled to attend a future meeting, we will contact you directly about arrangements - where possible decisions will be taken without the need for you to attend a meeting. Should you have to contact the Committee or Board in regard to a meeting please do so by emailing:

Existing Licence Holders including HMO Licence Holders

If your licence is due to expire

All licences should now be submitted at least 6 weeks prior the expiry date of your licence.

You can renew and pay online at https://www.pkc.gov.uk/article/14160/Licences-and-permits

New applicants

The Licensing Department welcome new applications and more information on the different types of licences can be found at https://www.pkc.gov.uk/article/14160/Licences-and-permits

Should you have any questions regarding a civic licence, you can email us at civiclicensing@pkc.gov.uk

Alcohol licensing enquiries can be emailed to liqorlicensing@pkc.gov.uk

Personal Licence Holders

Personal Licence holders are required to undergo refresher training every five years and to provide a copy of their training certificate to the Licensing Board.

If you are unable to take a refresher training course as a result of:

  • no courses running because of Covid-19;
  • you or a family member have Covid-19 and you are self-isolating; or
  • you are worried about attending a course because of Covid-19

please be assured that your Personal Licence will remain in effect.

You will be given an automatic three month extension on the timescales to undertake your training and to submit your training certificate. (For the avoidance of doubt the 3 month extension period would commence from the final date that the proof of training was due to be submitted to the Licensing Board e.g. if the certificate was due to be provided 31 March 2020, you will have until 30 June 2020).

If you need to submit your training certificate, please email this to the Licensing Department at liquorlicensing@pkc.gov.uk

Premises Licence

Before premises open their doors to staff and customers they should undertake a full risk assessment for all areas in relation to coronavirus and implement measures to prevent the spread of the virus. These measures should be implemented by the licence holder and all staff involved in the sale and consumption of alcohol. Further information on risk assessments can be found on the Health and Safety Executive website.

Some premises may wish to operate some outdoor areas. View our application guidance [63Kb].

Scottish Government update

Please refer to The Scottish Government news for current information.

Transfer

A person other than the licence holder can apply for a transfer of a premises licence under s.34 of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 in certain circumstances, i.e. where the premises licence holder has died, is incapacitated, insolvent or of the business has transferred. This application can usually only be made within 28 days of the event triggering the transfer. However, the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020Opens new window has made provision so that if a person is unable to apply to the Board within the 28 day period for a reason related to COVID-19, the Board may accept an application after the usual 28 days.

Provisional Licences

Holders of provisional premises licences may apply to the Licensing Board for an extension of the duration of the provisional premises licence for six months. The Board must grant a first extension of six months only if the Board is satisfied that:

  • the construction or conversion of the premises has been delayed and that this has been caused by factors outwith the premises licence holder's control
  • the reason for the delay is a reason related to COVID-19

Deadlines

The deadline for notification to the Board of any of the following events has been extended from the usual 7 days, to 28 days notice. These events are:

  • where the premises manager no longer works at the premises
  • if the premises manager becomes incapable for any reason
  • if the premises manager dies
  • if the personal licence held by the premises manager is revoked or suspended

Minor variations

Following on from notification, the deadline to submit a minor variation to substitute a new premises manager is extended from 6 weeks from the event to 3 months. The Board also has flexibility if there is a request from an applicant, due to a reason related to COVID-19, to extend that period if necessary.

Guidance for Public Entertainment Licence Holders

Rescheduled events

If you have already lodged a Public Entertainment Licence and wish to re-schedule your event to another date(s), please email civiclicensing@pkc.gov.uk with the heading Public Entertainment Licence - (name of event).

If you do wish to have your event on another date you will not be charged for the change of date. The Licensing Department will require from you updated permission to use the land for the new dates,to date Public Liability Insurance and you may be required to display a site notice with the new dates. PLEASE INFORM US IF YOU WISH TO CANCEL YOUR EVENT OR POSTPONE YOUR EVENT AND NO DATE IS SET YET at civiclicensing@pkc.gov.uk

Occasional Licences

If your event has been cancelled please notify the Licensing Department at liquorlicensing@pkc.gov.uk. We ask that you re-apply once you have an anticipated date for your event. Please ensure to follow up to date guidance issued by the Government for events before you apply.

Guidance for Taxi and Private Hire Operators and Drivers

Submission of renewal applications

Renewal applications should be submitted at least 6 weeks prior to the expiry date of your licence/badge. You will not loose any time on your existing licence if you submit your application early as the renewal date is carried on from your existing licence.

If you are unsure of the renewal date of your Operator Licence, please check your plates on the rear of your vehicle as they clearly show the expiry date of your licence.

For taxi badge holders, the expiry date is clearly visible on the badge which should be kept on your person at all times when driving a taxi or private hire vehicle.

You can apply and pay online using the following links for Operator Licence https://www.pkc.gov.uk/article/15631/Taxi-private-hire-car-operators

And for drivers at:- https://www.pkc.gov.uk/article/15632/Taxi-private-hire-car-drivers

Vehicle inspections

Friarton Testing Station re-opened on Tuesday 25 August for those vehicles that are due their 6 monthly/Annual test from week beginning 24th August onwards.

Vehicles that were due their 6 monthly/Annual Test when Friarton was closed should continue to operate on an up to date MOT Certificate until such time that you are contacted by email to present your vehicle to Friarton for testing.

All MOT's due from the 30 March 2020 were extended by 6 months until 31 July 2020. Please ensure that your vehicle has a current valid MOT and your vehicle continues to be roadworthy. If the vehicle becomes unroadworthy, then the Licensing Department should be notified immediately by emailing civiclicensing@pkc.gov.uk

If your vehicle has not been tested at Friarton prior to the expiry date of the 6 months extension period then you will be required to MOT your vehicle and send a copy of your new MOT certificate to the Licensing Department by email to civiclicensing@pkc.gov.uk or by post to the Licensing Department, Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD.

Useful link regarding MOT's

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Training

Currently, Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Training is not being carried out by The Centre for Inclusive Living. Operators should ensure that their drivers are fully aware of how to load a wheelchair and safely secure the passenger within the vehicle. The Licensing Department will inform Operators when training will resume.

Mandatory use of Face Coverings

The Scottish Government have published information regarding the mandatory use of face coverings.

Face covering must be worn by all passengers and staff or operators in the following settings from Monday 22 June 2020:

  • train services including the Glasgow subway
  • bus services and the Edinburgh tram
  • taxi and private hire vehicles
  • bus stations, railway stations and airports
  • ferry services (unless the ferry is open to the elements and physical distancing can be achieved, or the vessel is large enough that physical distancing can be achieved)
  • airline services

Specific exemptions provide that certain categories of people are not required to wear a face covering. This includes children under five years of age, a constable or an emergency responder acting in the course of their duty. Staff such as drivers who are physically separated, by means of, for example, screens, from other staff and passengers are also exempt from wearing face coverings.

Installing temporary protective screens in taxis and private hire vehicles

We are working with taxi and private hire car drivers and operators to enable them to work and transport passengers as safely as possible throughout the coronavirus outbreak.

This is a new development and this guidance will have to be reviewed with any guidance issued by the Scottish Government to ensure compliance and compatibility with any that guidance.

Installing your temporary protective screen - what you must do

While you are allowed to install a temporary protective screen in your car (in-between the rear passenger compartment and the driver) you must ensure that the protective screen must meet all the points listed within the checklist. If you cannot meet all the requirements within the checklist then you cannot fit a screen to your vehicle.

Checklist:          

Tell us that you are planning to fit a protective screen by emailing civiclicensing@pkc.gov.uk and include the following:

  • confirmation from your insurance company that your insurance is still valid with this screen
  • confirmation that the protective screen has been professionally fitted
  • your agreement to remove the protective screen in less than 21 days after the current social distancing restrictions relating to COVID-19 have been removed and inform the Licensing Department in writing/email that you have removed the screen.
  • The film/sheet used must be clear and transparent and can only be fitted behind both front seats, creating a partition between the front and back area of the vehicle.
  • not be permanently installed in the vehicle.
  • not have a solid frame to the screen.
  • must be secured with fittings which allow for easy removal once no longer required e.g. Velcro, adhesive or other ties.
  • Easy removal is required both for emergencies and for when no longer required.
  • be fitted in such a way so as not to affect the structural integrity of the vehicle or interfere with any manufacturer fitted safety equipment e.g. air bags.
  • not wrap around the driver seat and create a partition between the two front seats, in addition to the rear cabin area.
  • A small payment hatch to be included (trimmed in rubber)

The completed checklist must be emailed to civiclicensing@pkc.gov.uk or alternatively printed off and posted to Licensing Department, Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD.

General advice

Drivers that continue to work should follow the health advice on the Government website:

Please ensure that all drivers follow the Government issued advice and take simple and sensible steps at all times including encouraging drivers to:

  • Always carry tissues and use them to catch coughs and sneezes
  • Dispose of used tissues in the bin as soon as possible
  • Wash hands with soap and water, or use sanitiser gel, to kill germs
  • Clean surfaces regularly with sanitising wipes or spray to get rid of germs
  • Gov.uk: Covid-19 Decontamination in non Healthcare Settings

If drivers are worried about Covid-19 symptoms, they should follow NHS guidance: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Medicals

Medicals have now resumed; however, these will be carried out by way of a virtual appointment for the foreseeable future. The Medical Centre will contact drivers who require a medical directly to organise an appointment.

Please be reminded that should you develop a medical condition, you should notify the licensing Department immediately at civiclicensing@pkc.gov.uk

Transport Transition Plan

Face to face appointments

We are not currently offering appointments at 2 High Street or Pullar House. All enquiries should be emailed to civiclicensing@pkc.gov.uk

Knowledge test

All Knowledge tests for new applicants have been postponed. The Licensing Department will contact you when Knowledge Tests can resume.