Renfrewshire Council

Venison Dealers Licence

The Deer (Scotland) Act 1996 requires that venison dealers in Scotland must be licensed.

It is an offence for any person to sell, offer or expose for sale venison unless they are 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 the Deer Commission for Scotland.
  • The Council will notify the Commission of the numbers and details of the venison dealer's licences which they have issued.
  • Please refer to the fees and charges page for current cost of a licence.

Applying for a licence

To make an application for a venison dealer's licence, please complete the application form which can be found in the 'related media' section of this page.

For further information on any of the above please contact us.


Annual inspections may be carried out by a Public Health Enforcement Officer (Environmental Health) and/or a vet.

Venison dealers register