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Planning Laws & Regulations

The links on this page can help you find information on recent laws and legislation to help support your business.



Guidance on alcohol licensing, personal licences and alcohol byelaws.

Any establishment that does not have a personal licence holder nominated as a designated premises manager (DPM) and noted on their premises licence - all by 31 August - will not be able to serve alcohol after that date.

Licensing Authorities (usually local authorities) are responsible for licensing the sale and supply of alcohol, the provision of regulated entertainment and the provision of late night refreshment in Scotland. If you are carrying on any of these activities, you will need the relevant authorisation and should speak to your local licensing authority.

More information can be found here


Caravan & camp site licenses

As well as planning permission, caravan and camp sites require a license. Local authorities issue licenses and often attach conditions covering health and safety issues such as fire safety, drainage and distances between caravans. To apply for a license or to find out if specific conditions are attached to your existing license contact Fife Council.

More information from Fife Council can be found here, as well as the UK Government here and you can read the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 here.



Information on employing staff can be found on the Scottish Government website here and you can find Employment support here.


Fire Safety Regulations

Fire safety law and guidance documents for businesses can be found on the Health and Safety Executive website here


Food Hygiene and Safety

If you plan to sell food and drink you must be registered with your local authority. Fife Council and other agencies including the have an enforcement role in ensuring the food we eat is safe. The Foods Standard Scotland website here can help you produce safe food and meet your legal requirements.


Health and Safety Regulations.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the body responsible for health and safety legislation in this country. Their website here offers a wide range of information and resources to help you comply.


Music Regulations

Under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, permission is needed from the copyright holders – generally those who create, record and publish music – in order to play or perform music in public. If you play recorded music in public (that is to say, in any commercial / business context), you may be legally required to get a license from Phonograph Performance Ltd (PPL) here and the Performing Rights Society (PRS For Music) here


Planning Permission & Building Regulations

You may need to obtain planning permission from your local authority if you need to; extend or alter an initial property; change an external appearance of a building; build new premises; or change a buildings use (e.g. to change it from a residential property to guest accommodation). Find out more here.


Smoking Regulations

On 26th March 2006 Scotland introduced a new law to banning smoking in bars, restaurants and all public places. Information about the legislation lets you know how you can play an important part in maintaining a smoke-free Scotland, this includes vapes and e-cigarettes. More information can be found here.


Television Licensing for Tourism Businesses

If you run a hotel or provide mobile units of overnight accommodation, you can benefit from a reduced-fee hotel and mobile units TV License. This can be found on the Tv Licensing website here.


Traffic Signs for Tourism Businesses

The erection of official brown tourist signs on local roads are the responsibility of Fife Council. On trunk roads they are the responsibility of Transport Scotland. Tourist attractions and facilities can apply to Fife Council for direction signs to their location. If you meet the required criteria, you have to cover the costs of erecting any signs. If you are interested in obtaining directional signs you must be part of Visit Scotland's Quality Assurance Scheme. You can find out more here.

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