Area searches provide a check of the neighbourhood surrounding a property to find out what planning applications have been approved or refused. It provides current and historic planning application information for a specified area around a chosen property.
The council is responsible for ensuring that buildings are properly designed and constructed so as to ensure the health, safety, welfare and convenience of people using them. All buildings should comply with the current Building Regulations (issued in 1991) . The local authority inspect plans for new buildings to check compliance with regulations and periodically inspect the site during construction to ensure approved plans are adhered to. In Scotland the local authority is responsible for ensuring that the construction, alteration, extension, demolition and conversion of buildings are conducted so as to ensure the health, safety, welfare and convenience of citizens. The requirements are set by the Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (as amended 2006). The local authority will inspect plans for new buildings to check compliance with regulations and periodically inspect sites during construction to ensure approved plans are adhered to. When the local authority is satisfied that with the plans they will issue a Building Warrant the legal permission to commence.
The design and construction of buildings is controlled by ensuring Building Warrant applications comply with Building Regulations for most classes and types of building, whether public or private and includes houses, shops, leisure facilities, factories, warehouses etc. A Building Warrant application is required for the erection, change of use, alteration or extension of a building and is also necessary for the demolition of a property. It is valid for three years and construction work cannot begin before the Building Warrant has been approved. A statutory register of all building warrants must be maintained.
LEADER - Liason Entre Actions de Dèveloppment Èconomique urale or Links between Activities Developing Rural Communities.
LEADER is part of the SRDP (Scottish Rural Development Programme) allocation and is a bottom-up method of delivering support for rural development. Support is primarily aimed at small-scale, community-driven projects that are pilot and innovative in nature. Vitally the benefits and participation of the local community in the project is fundamental to the LEADER ethos.
There are a huge number of sports clubs and groups across the Outer Hebrides – whatever your interests, you will almost certainly find something for you! If you need more information, the Sports Development service supports community sport.
Mobile libraries serve communities and locations that are some distance from a local library building. The facilities provided are usually similar to those of a local library but the availability of items, unless ordered in advance, may be restricted.
Public libraries in your area may subscribe to a number of online resources. All will be available in any library. Some may also be available from home. For further information please contact 01851 822744.
Under the Animal Boarding Establishment Act 1963 anyone who carries on the business of providing accommodation for other people's cats and dogs is required to have a licence. The aim of the licensing requirements is to achieve certain standards in the management of the accommodation and to ensure precautions against disease and fire.
Anyone responsible for running a betting office has to have a bookmakers' permit. With this permit, the person can run one or more premises; however he/she will still have to apply for betting office licences for EACH property.
Butchers' shop licensing is being withdrawn across the UK from the end of 2005. From 1 January 2006, all retail butchers will be subject to the new EC hygiene regulations that apply to all other retail and catering businesses. These regulations are very similar to the existing hygiene rules, but include a new requirement to operate HACCP-based food safety management procedures.
Licences - children and young people - employment byelaws
The LEA issues licences for school age children to perform in the theatre or on television. Before granting a licence the Education Authority will liaise with the Headteacher of the child's school to ensure that the child's education will not suffer should that licence be granted.
An application must be made to the local authority for a cinema licence/video jukebox licence. Such a licence is required for the showing of wireless broadcasts. Local authority officers and the Fire Service make inspections of the premises prior to issuing of a licence.
The Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 and a schedule included with the Act contains a list of the various animals classed as dangerous wild animals. In addition to powers of inspection, the Act also gives the council powers to seize any animal being kept on premises which are unlicensed. Zoos, pet shops and circuses are exempt from the provisions of the Act as these premises are subject to separate licensing requirements.
Under the Breeding of Dogs Act 1973, as amended by the Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999, you must have a licence from the local authority to keep a breeding establishment for dogs. Premises must be inspected by a local authority officer and a vet prior to issuing of the licence.
Persons wishing to operate a fair on private or local authority owned land are required to give the local authority notice prior to the holding of the event. In Scotland the Civic Government (Scotland) Act: 1982 requires that a Public Entertainment Licence is necessary for fairgrounds.
To hold a public fireworks display you require a 'Temporary Public Entertainment (Fireworks Display) Licence'. This is required under section 41 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982. The council issues these licences.
Food businesses must be registered with the local authority 28 days prior to commencement of business. Failure to register is an automatic offence under The Food Premises (Registration) Regulations 1991. Butcher shops and premises selling raw and cooked meats are subject to separate legislation..
A licence is required before any person can drive a hackney carriage (taxi). Licenses are issued subject to proof of eligibility (age, driving licence, criminal records check, medical assessment etc.).
The Housing Act 2004 requires landlords of houses of multiple occupation (with more than two households or tenants) to be licensed by the Local Authority. In Scotland, under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation) Order 2000, any rented property which is occupied by three or more unrelated people, who share a kitchen, bathroom or toilet, must have a licence from the local authority.
Children under 14 are not allowed in bars in public houses or hotels unless a Children's Certificate has been granted. This allows them to sit at a table and have a meal at any time between 11am and 8pm in the area approved by the Licensing Board.
If you operate as a company or partnership and employ a new manager or responsible person for your licensed premises you must notify the licensing board. You need to complete two forms - The Substitution of Employee or Agent and the Confirmation of the substitution.
An off-sales licence is for premises (usually shops) where alcohol is sold for consumption off the premises. A full licence lasts three years and a provisional licence lasts one year. If an existing licence is transferred then it is only valid for the unexpired portion of it.
A public house licence is required for premises which contain a bar counter and where alcohol is sold for consumption on or off the premises. A full licence lasts three years and a provisional licence lasts one year. If an existing licence is transferred then it is only valid for the unexpired portion of it.
under the Lotteries and Amusements Act 1976 (as amended by the National Lottery etc. Act 1993) A licence is required to conduct small lotteries, raffles etc. by societies raising money for charity, sports and other similar purposes, for non-personal or non-commercial reasons.
The Pet Animals Act 1951 regulates the sale of pet animals from licensed pet shops. One of the legislative provisions is that a pet animal, as defined, cannot be sold to a person under the age of twelve. Officers inspect the premises to check compliance with general health and safety requirements and also the welfare of the animals prior to issuing of the licence.
If a private members club wishes to extend its permitted hours it must obtain a special hours certificate from the local authority. In Scotland private members clubs apply for registration to the Sheriff Court's office. This will allow them to sell alcohol on their premises but if they wish to extend their licensing hours they must apply to the local authority's licensing board.
Private hire vehicles (mini cabs) have to be licensed. Private hire vehicles are vehicles that cannot be hailed from the street, and journeys must be pre-booked. Vehicles must be tested and inspected before a licence can be issued to ensure that they are mechanically fit, safe and comfortable.
Under The Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 it is a legal requirement that all private landlords must register with the Local Authority in which they are renting property therefore, failure to register is committing an offence and will disqualify an individual, organisation and/or agency from acting as a landlord. Furthermore, registration is NOT considered valid until full payment is received.
In accordance with the Gaming Act 1967 and the Lotteries and Amusement Act 1976 any prospective occupiers of amusement parks, arcades and other premises on which amusements with prizes will be provided, must first obtain a permit issued by the local authority. In Scotland commercial bingo may lawfully be played on premises holding a licence issued under Part II of the 1968 Gaming Act. A licence is required for any premises or club whose principal purpose is the playing of bingo whether for commercial profit or otherwise.
Venues or attractions, where, on payment of money or money's worth, members of the public are admitted or may use any facilities for the purposes of entertainment or recreation have to be licensed, under the terms of Section 41 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act, 1982. This licence has now been superseded in England and Wales.
The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 requires that all persons or businesses defined by the Act as a scrap metal dealer, register with their local authority. In Scotland metal dealers require a licence under the terms of Section 28 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, for any premises which would be used for dealing in or processing metal.
A registration certificate, issued by the local authority, may be required by local legislation if a person sells second-hand goods. In Scotland the owner or manager of a shop or business selling second-hand goods is required to have a licence from the council. Permission is issued under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act, 1982.
Schedule 3 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, covers the licensing of sex shops. All applications must be advertised in the local press. In addition, where the application is in respect of a premise, a notice must be displayed outside the premises. The local authority is responsible for processing applications and issuing of licences. In Scotland licences are issued under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act, 1982.
Consent to trade is required for all street trading activities such as hot food vehicles, ice cream vans and flower stalls. Food business may be subject to inspection and permission to site a mobile stall will be required from the Highways Department and from the landowner.
Public performances of stage plays must be licensed under the Theatres Act 1968. The definition of a play includes any dramatic piece, involving speech, singing or action and the playing of a role. Ballets and musicals are also included in this definition. The holder of a Theatre Licence is not required to obtain a Public Entertainment Licence under the provisions of Section 41(2) of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982. This licence has now been superseded in England and Wales by the Licensing Act 2003.
Minibus Permits - otherwise known as Section 19 permits - can be issued to organisations concerned with religion, education, recreation, social welfare and other activities of benefit to the community. Permits can allow the use of a minibus with between 9 and 16 passenger seats for hire and reward, without the need for the operator to hold a Public Service Vehicle (PSV) Operator's licence
The Comhairle’s legal services section deals with licensing. Our main functions concerning licensing include:
- the management and administration of the Licensing Board.
- the management and administration of Licensing under the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982
The Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 establishes a new development planning system. In future the statutory development plan for the Outer Hebrides will comprise a single Local Development Plan (LDP). This will include a strategic vision and framework of policies and proposals to guide development and manage land use change in the Outer Hebrides. It will be used by the Comhairle to assess and determine planning applications.
Programmes to develop and regenerate the local economy and community, with key objectives being to create employment opportunities and secure external funding for the benefit of the area. Active promotion of the area, offering business development and support, and attempting to remove barriers to investment.
Working with other local organisations such as the Chamber of Commerce, Business Link, Job Centre etc. and in Scotland, Scottish Enterprise to increase employment, encourage business growth and investment and tackle economic disadvantage by improving understanding of the economy, and identifying the issues facing the local population and workforce.