Local licensing forum

We are required under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 to establish a Local Licensing Forum (LLF).

The role of the LLF

  • keep under review the liquor licensing system and the function of the Licensing Board in our area
  • give advice and make recommendations to the Board on such matters as they think appropriate
  • the LLF cannot comment on particular cases

How the LLF does this

  • considering the implications of relevant local data and statistics provided by appropriate organisations
  • identifying key licensing issues affecting the Scottish Borders and developing constructive advice on how to address them


The forum is appointed from members of the public:

  • S Bell
  • G Campbell
  • S Dalrymple
  • S Elliot - health service
  • PC Lackenby - Police Scotland
  • S Mabon
  • R MacKay
  • R McIntyre
  • M Wynne - Licensing
  • J Scott - Licensing
  • H Wood - Licensing

Appeal for new members

If you are keen to support the safe and regulated sale of alcohol across the Scottish Borders, the Local Licensing Forum is appealing for new members to come forward . The Forum is the community's voice on liquor licensing issues. If you are interested in the impact of the licensing decisions in your area then you may wish to be part of the Forum.

The aim is for the Forum membership to include:

  • residents from within the Forum area;
  • young people;
  • representatives of functions relating to health, education or social work;
  • holders of premises licences and personal licences (licensees)

The Forum meets at least four times a year at quarterly intervals and will have one joint meeting with the Licensing Board each year. This is an unpaid role, however, travel expenses will be met.

An application form is available to download.

More information about being a licensing forum member is available online.  

For more information, contact 01835 825198 or e-mail michael.wynne@scotborders.gov.uk


  • meetings of the LLF are held in public, usually at our Newtown St Boswells offices
  • you can view the LLF agenda and minutes online
  • the LLF and the Board also have a statutory annual joint meeting

Licensing objectives

The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 is based on five licensing objectives. All licensing decisions must be made with reference to these five objectives. All are of equal importance. They are:

  1. preventing crime and disorder
  2. securing public safety
  3. preventing public nuisance
  4. protecting and improving public health
  5. protecting children from harm

LLF annual report

View the LLF annual report.

Useful links



Scottish Borders Licensing Board Policy Statement


Current Policy Statement is effective from November 2018-23.

Scottish Borders Licensing Board Finance Report


Scottish Borders Licensing Board Function Report


Licensing Board Meeting Dates

On our website. Previous meetings,  future dates and teams link to watch live (available 10 days in advance)

Scottish Borders Alcohol Profile

The profile report is produced by the LLF, detailing evidence of alcohol related harm relevant to the Licensing Objectives and to support Licensing Board members

Licensing Resource Pack

Provides more detailed information about contributing evidence and information to licensing policy reviews

Licensing Policy Review Guide

Provides practical suggestions to support people to engage in the review process effectively and respond to consultations launched by licensing boards. Additionally, the guide seeks to make recommendations to licensing boards relevant to their licensing objectives and local context

Review of Statements of Licensing Policy 2018 – 2023

Discusses areas of progress and learning in licensing. Links to additional information about specific topics have also been included throughout this guide.

Updated Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 Guidance

Guidance for Licensing Boards (Boards) has been updated to assist Boards in carrying out their functions under the 2005 act.

Scottish Borders Alcohol Profile

This profile report is produced by the LLF, detailing evidence of alcohol related harm relevant to the Licensing Objectives and to support Licensing Board members

Read the latest report

Licensing unit

Address: Council Headquarters
Newtown St. Boswells