Renfrewshire Council

Late hours catering licence

A late hours catering licence is needed for premises that sell food (either sit in or takeaway) after 11pm or before 5am. The licence acts as an extension to normal trading hours. You can apply for a late hours catering licence, or renew your existing one, online.

Renfrewshire Council current policy hours in relation to late hours catering licence are:

Sunday to Thursday: 11pm to 12 midnight
Friday and Saturday: 11pm to 2am

Any application for hours outwith these limits will be treated on their own merits.

How do I apply for a licence?

You can apply for a Late hours catering licence, or renew your existing one, online. Submit your application, supporting documents and payment electronically. When we've checked your application, we'll send you the completed form by email to print, sign and return to us. We need your signed application form before we can issue your licence.

Apply for a Late hours catering licence 

What documents do I need to apply for a licence?

The application form and the relevant fee.

Do I need to do anything once my application is lodged?

Applicants must display a public notice at the proposed premises as soon as the application has been lodged. The display notice must be displayed for a period of 21 days together with a copy of the application. At the end of the 21 day period you must sign and return a certificate of compliance to confirm that you have displayed the notice for the statutory period. These are contained within the Late Hours Catering Pack which can be found in the related content area of the website. 

How much is the licence fee?

Information on fees for all licences can be found in the related content area of the website under civic application fees.


What criteria have to be met to apply for a licence?

Applicants for a late hour catering licence only need to apply if they intend to open after 11.00pm and before 5.00am.


How long will my application take?

All applications made under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 must be considered within 3 months and a decision made within 9 months.


Who is consulted about my application?

A copy of your application will be sent to Police Scotland, Scottish Fire & Rescue, Local Councillor, Community Councillor, Community Resources Section, Development and Housing Services, and, where the premises are within Paisley Town Centre, the Town Centre Manager. They will carry out their own investigations and report back to the licensing section.

What happens if there if an objection or representation to my application?

If an objection or representation is received the application must be considered at a meeting of the Regulatory Functions Board. You will be formally cited to attend the meeting and a copy of the letter of objection or representation will be sent out to you with the citation letter.


What conditions are attached to my licence?

The conditions of licence are contained within the Late Hours Catering Pack which can be downloaded from the related content area of the website.

A copy of the conditions of licence for late hours catering will be issued to you if your licence is granted. The council requires all licenceholders to have a thorough understanding of these conditions and they should be kept as they form part of your licence.


How long does the licence last for?

Applications for the grant of a licence are generally granted for a period of one year. Applications to renew an existing licence are normally granted for a two year period.