Renfrewshire Council

We are able to continue accepting applications for occasional licences for premises who are allowed to operate, to enable them to do so under 14 day licences.

You can submit an
Occasional licence application (download application form) [152KB]  
by email to

and you can make payments on MyAccount:
Pay a licensing fee

Occasional Licences

You need an occasional licence under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 if you wish to be authorised to sell alcohol on a premises that is not licensed.

You can download an application pack from the related content area of the website.

What documents do I need to apply for a licence?

  • If you hold a premises licence or personal licence outwith Renfrewshire Licensing Board area you must enclose a copy of that licence with each application you make.

  • If you are a representative of a voluntary organisation you must enclose a copy of the organisation's constitution with each application you make.

  • If the occasional licence is for an area outside you require to enclose a copy of a detailed plan showing the extent of the outside area (in metres), any furniture to be used within the area, what is being used to delineated the area to be licensed (fencing, barriers etc) and exits and entrances.  Please also provide information on what toilets will be used and how the premises/area will operate to allow social distancing to be maintained.  

  • If the area is on the pavement or road, you are ordinarily required to apply to the Roads Department and the Planning Department for permission before you can operate. During the COVID-19 pandemic, you are only required to submit the occasional licence application. Information from your application will be used to apply to the Roads Department for the Roads Occupation Permit on your behalf.  The Planning Department cannot process any temporary applications at this time.

  • If the land to which the occasional licence is sought is not owned by the applicant for the occasional licence you will require to submit a letter of consent from the land owners or if you are the owner of the land, please confirm this when making your application.

How much does it cost?

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

How do I make my application?

You can  email your application for occasional licence, along with the supporting documentation to  and make payment on MyAccount.

How long will my application take?

All applications for occasional licence should be made at least 28 days from the date of the event/start date. Applications lodged later will be accepted but may not be granted due to the timescales involved.

Who is consulted about my application?

A copy of your application will be sent to Police Scotland who have 7 days to response and the Licensing Standards Officer who have 21 days to respond. They will carry out their own investigations and report back to the licensing section. The application is also advertised on the Council website for a period of 7 days for anyone to object.

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

If an objection or representation is received the Licensing Board will give notice of the objection or representation to the applicant which thereafter will be considered by two members of the Licensing Board.  

What conditions are attached to my licence?

The conditions of licence can be found in the related content area of the website.

A copy of the conditions of licence for occasional licence will be issued to you if your licence is granted. The licensing board requires all licenceholders to have a thorough understanding of these conditions.

How long does the licence last for?

The occasional licence lasts for the period of the application or such shorter period as the Board may determine.  Applications can only be made up to a maximum of 14 days per application