Minimum Unit Pricing

From 1st May 2018 retailers will no longer be allowed to sell alcohol below 50 pence per unit. This is a Scottish Government policy targeted at low cost high strength alcohol.

Minimum unit price (MUP)is being implemented by way of a condition on all premises licences in Scotland. The condition requires all alcohol sold on the premises to meet the minimum price per unit. Failure to do so is a breach of a condition of the premises licence and constitutes a criminal offence. There will be no period of grace – all relevant prices must change on or before 1st May 2018.

How to calculate the MUP

The price per unit (£0.50) x the strength of alcohol (ABV) x the volume in litres = MUP

The ABV and the volume will always be shown on the product.

Not all products will change price as many will already cost more than the minimum unit price and there is no requirement to amend the price of these products.

What do I need to do?

  • Price check all the alcohol you have on sale before 1st May
  • Remove/delete the prices on any pre priced items
  • Check and update all price points such as shelf tickets
  • Keep a record of all the checks you have done
  • Train staff how to deal with difficult customers

Further information is available at:

Change of address

The Licensing Section is now located at County Buildings, Wellington Square, Ayr, KA7 1DR. The public office is entered from Bath Place. Hours of business are Monday, Tuesday & Thursday from 10am until 4pm and Friday between 10am and 3:30pm.

Age of taxi and private hire vehicles

Following on representations from the Taxi & Private Hire Operators Forum, the Council has amended the age at which vehicles must be taken out of service. For taxi vehicles the age limit has been increased from 10 years from first registration to 11 years and for private hire vehicles the age limit has been increased from 6 years from first registration to 7 years.

Testing of taxi and private hire vehicles

With effect from 6th April 2018 all testing of taxi and private hire cars for South Ayrshire Council will be carried out by Arnold Clark Vauxhall at 196 Prestwick Road, Ayr, KA8 8PN Tel 01292 288866.

Offensive behaviour at football and threatening communications (Scotland) Act 2012

The new laws came into force on the 1st March 2012. The Act provides for two new offences: Offensive Behaviour related to football and Threatening Communications. A copy of the Act is available to view.

Gambling Act 2005

The Council has published its statement of Gambling Principles which will be reviewed every three years. A copy of the current Statement is available to view.

Final statement of licensing policy

The Board's Statement of Licensing Policy has been revised after consultation and the new Statement of Licensing Policy was approved on 12 February 2014.