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Market Operator Licence

Licence summary

A market operator's licence shall not be required for carrying on either of the following:

(a) functions held by charitable, religious, youth, recreational, community, political or similar organisations;

(b )markets held only for the sale of livestock, fodder or grain.

Eligibility criteria

(a) the applicant or any director or partner or any other manager, is either:

(i) disqualified under section 7(6) of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act, or

(ii) not a fit and proper person to be the holder of the licence;

(b) the activity to which it relates would be managed by or carried on for the benefit of a person, other than the applicant, who would be refused the grant or renewal of such a licence if he made the application himself;

(c) where the licence applied for relates to an activity consisting of or including the use of premises or a vehicle or vessel, those premises, vehicle or vessel are not suitable or convenient for the conduct of the activity having regard to:

(i) the location, character or condition of the premises or the character or condition of the vehicle or vessel;

(ii) the nature and extent of the proposed activity;

(iii) the kind of persons likely to be in the premises, vehicle or vessel;

(iv) the possibility of undue public nuisance; or

(v) public order or public safety; or

(d) there is other good reason for refusing the application.

The application process

(a) that application has been made for a licence;

(b) a description of the application;

(c) that objections and representations in relation to the application may be made to the licensing authority;

(d) the way in which objections and representations should be made.

You shall, as soon as possible after the expiry of the period of 21 days referred to above, submit to us a certificate stating that you have complied with this requirement.

We may have to publish details of your application.

If your application is deemed non-contentious, we should be able to grant your licence without referring the decision to the Licensing Committee. Applications must remain on our public register for 28 days before a licence can be granted. 'Non-contentious' means any application which has not resulted in any objections or representations of a serious nature, and where is no conflict with council policy. Contentious applications will be determined by the Licensing Board.

We will attach conditions to any licence we grant or renew and we may take action to ensure that you comply with those conditions.

When will a decision be made?

We aim to make a decision on your application within 60 calendar days. This assumes that your application is not contentious. Your application will take longer to process if it becomes contentious (for example, if we receive objections or representations) and if that is the case we will keep you informed of the revised timescale.

Will tacit authorisation apply?

Tacit authorisation' does not apply because there is an overriding reason relating to the public interest, namely the need to ensure the protection of consumers and public health. Therefore if you have still not received a decision after the target time has expired, your authorisation is not granted automatically. In such a situation, we will get in touch with you to let you know what happens next.

Please note that you must not carry on the activity for which you have applied for a licence unless or until you have been granted a licence.

However the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 states that if we have not made a decision within six month of receiving your application, it is deemed to be granted.


If you are unhappy with the way we have processed your application please contact us.

How does the Council handle objections and representations?

Find out more about objections and representations