As with many other services, South Ayrshire Council Licensing has taken steps to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and to protect employee and public health.

We have altered the way in which we are working and as a consequence, staff may not be available to respond to your enquiry.

If you have any questions, please contact and we will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible

During the current coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, applications for the renewal of all civic government licences may be made up to 3 months after the date of expiry of the licence. The time limit for testing taxi and private hire vehicles is being extended by three months, although licence holders should ensure that they maintain their vehicles in a road worthy condition.

These provisions will be reviewed again in due course.

The DVLA has advised that all vehicles due their MOT from 30 March 2020 will have their MOT extended by 6 months. This will continue until confirmed otherwise.

All licensing applications may be submitted electronically to and we will contact you to arrange payment.

Personal Licences

Personal Licence holders are required to undergo refresher training every five years and to provide a copy of their training certificate to the Licensing Board.

If you are unable to take a refresher training course as a result of:

  • no courses running because of Covid-19;
  • you or a family member have Covid-19 and you are self-isolating; or
  • you are worried about attending a course because of Covid-19

Please be assured that your Personal Licence will remain in effect.

The Board has granted an automatic six month extension on the timescales to undertake your training and to submit your training certificate.

The Board will continue to review this position and may apply a further extension if necessary.

If you need to submit your training certificate, please forward it to and ensure that you include your current address and contact number.

14th May 2020

Occasional Licences for Outside Drinking Areas

The Scottish Government has said that in Phase 2 of the relaxation of restrictions pubs and restaurants can open outdoor spaces with physical distancing and increased hygiene routines. The opening date has not been confirmed but will be reviewed by the Government on 2nd July.

In the meantime any premises which wish to utilise a larger area than they currently have licensed as an outside drinking area may apply for an occasional extension to cover this. The application should be accompanied by a plan showing the proposed additional area.

The cost of an occasional licence is £10 and the licence may be granted for up to 14 days. Subsequent occasional licence applications will also be considered.

19th June 2020

Premises Licences

Stewards : guidance for stewards is available at

Scottish Government guidance for the hospitatlity sector is now available at

There is also government guidance on toilet facilities (including those on licensed premises)

Premises with outdoor beer gardens are permitted to open from 6th July and it is anticipated that premises will be able to open fully (subject to complying with Covid Regulations) on 15th July.

Track & Trace

Guidance on keeping contact details for Track and Trace  is available at

Public Entertainment Licences

Although public gatherings are not yet permitted the following guidance has been issued by the Scottish Government

3rd July 2020

Any enquiries regarding compliance with the coronavirus regulations and guidance should be referred to or tel 0300 123 0900 and ask for Environmental Health.