“What do we want to know?
Recently, the Scottish Government passed legislation giving Local Authorities a discretionary power to licence Sexual Entertainment Venues.
The main changes introduced by the recent legislation are summarised below:
A discretionary power for Local Authorities to pass a resolution, if it so wishes, in relation to the licensing of SEVs in its area;
If a resolution is passed by the Local Authority:
it must determine the appropriate number of SEVs for their area and for each relevant locality;
it must prepare a SEV Policy Statement in respect of its functions in relation to the licensing of SEVs taking into account the licensing objectives of public nuisance, crime and disorder, public safety, protecting children and young people from harm and violence against women;
there are various grounds for the refusal of a SEV licence including that the number of SEVs in the Local Authority area or the relevant locality at the time the application is made is equal to or exceeds the number which the Local Authority consider is appropriate for that locality;
all SEVs would require a SEV licence to operate;
the resolution must not come into force any earlier than one year from the date the resolution is made by the Local Authority; and
a SEV Policy Statement must be published by the Local Authority 28 days prior to the resolution coming into effect.
Please submit your views by email to: LicensingEnquiries@glasgow.gov.uk or in writing to:-
Mairi Millar, Head of Licensing and Democratic Services, City Chambers, George Square, Glasgow, G2 1DU”