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Supporting Scotland’s vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

If you want to carry out licensable activities from a particular venue, you will need to contact your local authority to apply for a premises licence. Licensable activities include:

  • Selling alcohol
  • Serving alcohol (even if it’s free or included in the price of a ticket or entry to an event)
  • Serving hot food and drinks between 11pm and 5am
  • Providing entertainment (theatre, film, outdoor sporting, live music, dance performance, nightclub)

You still need a licence even if the activities are for charity – but you may not have to pay for it.

The Scottish Government website has more information for individual local authorities.

Last modified on 26 May 2022