Festive licensing decision recognises importance of Aberdeen’s night time economy

Licensed premises in Aberdeen will have the opportunity to extend their hours as the city embraces the contribution made to the growing night time economy.

The Aberdeen City Licensing Board agreed this week that all on consumption premises, with the exception of casinos, who adhere to the policy of a maximum of 14-hours continuous trading in any 24-hour period, may extend the licensed hours by one hour beyond the terminal hour on 15 December, 16 December, 22 December, 23 December, 29 December and 30 December.

Cllr Marie Boulton, who chairs the board, said: “Licensed premises in Aberdeen have been working very constructively with the board in recent years to provide a safe and vibrant night time experience for residents of Aberdeen and visitors – as demonstrated by the city’s success in securing the prestigious Purple Flag accreditation.

“In recognition of that successful partnership approach, the board is offering premises adhering to its policy of a maximum of 14-hours continuous trading in any 24-hour period the opportunity to extend their offering over the busy festive season, should they wish to, for three weekends in addition to the already agreed festive extended trading.”

Premises licence holders who meet the terms of the policy need not make an extended hours application for these dates. There is no obligation placed on licence holders to take advantage of this extension should they not wish to do so.The new dates are in addition to the general direction already in place for 24 December and 31 December.