Alcohol in public places - play #yourpart and give your views

Row of beer bottles on table

Published: Thursday, 28th March 2019

We have launched a consultation on drinking alcohol in public places.

Consultation on alcohol in public places

In some parts of Scotland drinking in the streets is banned but it's not in the Scottish Borders. Each council can choose whether or not this is the case by having a byelaw in place.

We are keen to understand whether or not people think the drinking of alcohol in any public areas is causing problems.

Tell us what you think

We are asking you to play #yourpart and give your opinions on the matter. You can do this by:

  • Filling in the survey online 
  • Getting a paper surveys from one of our contact centres and libraries 
  • Head along to your local Area Partnership where this will be discussed

The survey will has been extended and will close on 30 June.


If, as a result of this consultation and other information gathered, the drinking of alcohol in public places is identified as an issue a second consultation will take place to understand the level of support for byelaws to be introduced in these areas.

Councillor Shona Haslam, Council Leader

"As a council we considered this proposition a few years ago but we felt that we needed to hear from local communities before taking this further.

“Do you think that they are needed? Do you think that they should be town wide, or specific to certain areas? Do you think that this a necessary or unnecessary step for the Council to take? Therefore I would encourage you to let us know what you think.

"Any ban would not stop people drinking in their gardens, beer gardens or at licensed events, but we want to know of any potential problem areas that the public think such a ban would be helpful. Or if they think that there should not be a ban in the Borders.”

"If we did end up looking at introducing byelaws we could have authority to limit any bans to certain times of year. We could, for instance, see the byelaw not being applicable in certain areas during common ridings, local festivals and new year."

Further Information

We consulted on introducing a byelaw to prohibit the consumption of alcohol in designated public places in 2013. However, as it was not possible to progress the matter at that time, it has been agreed that the process should be looked at again and seek current views.