For advice and guidance for current licence holders and new applicants on changes to our Licensing service please read;


There are a wide range of activities which are licensed or controlled by the Aberdeen City Council and the Licensing Board.

The Licensing section is involved in the operation of:

Individuals or organisations wishing to hold certain events may need several licences or permissions. To find out more see the Planning a Public Event page.

To view all current license application notices within Aberdeen City, please visit TellMeScotland. This is Scotland's national public information notices (PINS) portal where you can view licensing application notices released by Aberdeen City Council as well as all other councils in Scotland.

Please note that the Licensing Section pages are intended to guide you through the procedures associated with making an application for a licence. They are not intended to summarise relatively complex areas of the law. Anyone using these pages should obtain independent advice from their own solicitors, accountants and other adviser.

The EU Services Directive came into force on 28 December 2009. The Services Directive allows you to apply and pay online for a variety of licences and permits.

The EU Services Directive aims to break down barriers to cross border trade in services between countries in the EU. It will make it easier for service providers, particularly small and medium sized enterprises, to offer their services to customers in other EU countries, whether establishing elsewhere in the EU or providing services remotely from the UK.

If you wish to make a complaint about a licensed activity or licence holder you must do so in writing and provide us with your name and address. We cannot act on anonymous complaints.

Complaints should be addressed to:

  • Licensing
    Legal Services
    Corporate Governance
    Aberdeen City Council
    Business Hub 6 L1S
    Marischal College
    AB10 1AB

Police Scotland
North East Division
Queen Street
AB10 1ZA

Scottish Fire & Rescue Service
Local Senior Officer
Service Delivery HQ - North
19 North Anderson Drive
AB24 3ER

The Gambling Commission
Victoria Square House
Victoria Square
B2 4BP
0121 230 6500
Fax: 0121 233 1096

H M Revenue & Customs
National Registration Unit
Portcullis House
21 India Street
G2 4PZ

Security Industry Authority (SIA)
PO Box 9
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE82 6YX
08702 430 100
Fax: 08702 430 125

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