Liquor, Civic Government, Gambling

Coronavirus (COVID-19): events sector guidance

The following information is relevant for live events as restrictions have been lifted as of 9 August 2021:

  • indoors events permitted with no maximum capacity or social distancing required

From this date most remaining legal restrictions end. It means:

  • The current limits on the number of people who can meet up will be dropped, as will social distancing rules in most settings.
  • No venues legally required to close.
  • Close contacts of those who test positive for Covid will no longer have to self-isolate - as long as they are fully vaccinated and test negative.
  • All premises that are currently closed - including nightclubs - will be able to open, with social distancing measures and limits on gatherings removed

However, some requirements will continue, including:

  • Face coverings compulsory inside places like shops, pubs and restaurants for the foreseeable future while a customer is moving about. They are not required while eating or drinking alcohol whether seated or standing.
  • Indoor hospitality venues must collect customer contact details
  • Organisers of large events must apply for permission

Is there still a need for registering for contact tracing at restaurants and bars?

Yes, you will still have to provide your contact details.

Scotland's contact tracing service - Test & Protect - would continue to contact-trace positive cases of Covid.

There will be an "ongoing requirement for indoor hospitality and similar venues to collect the contact details of customers" to assist with this.


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

Western Isles Licensing Board

Annual Functions Report and Annual Financial Report under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005

The Western Isles Licensing Board is required under section 9A of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 to publish an annual functions report and under section 9B of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 to publish an annual financial report, which are available below:

Western Isles Licensing Board Annual Functions Report 2020-2021 (161.9kB)

Western Isles Licensing Board Expanded Financial Report 2019-2020 (206.6kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Statement of Licensing Policy for the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005

Section 6 of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 requires every Licensing Board to publish a regularly updated Statement of Licensing Policy. This Policy is available to view and came into effect in November 2018.

Western Isles Licensing Board Policy (596.6kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Overprovision Map (3.5MB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Members of the Western Isles Licensing Board

  • Iain M Macleod
  • Iain M Macaulay
  • Norrie Tomsh Macdonald
  • Kenneth J Maclean
  • Robert Mackenzie
  • Frances Murray
  • Donald Macsween
  • Calum Maclean
  • George Murray
  • Finlay Stewart

Civic Government Licensing

The Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 makes provision for the licensing and regulation of certain activities. Licences are issued and enforced for a wide range of functions, for example; Taxi/ Private Hire Car Operator’s Licences; Taxi/ Private Hire Car Driver Licences; Public Entertainment Licences; Public Charitable Collections and Cinema Licences.

Taxi and Private Hire Car (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) Information

Last updated 30/06/20

Please visit COVID19 - Guidance for Holders of Taxi and Private Hire Licences

Taxi and Private Hire Driver Applications – Knowledge Test

All knowledge tests for new applicants have been postponed but CNES will contact any applicants as soon as possible to arrant a test.

Taxi and Private Hire Operators – Vehicle Fitness Tests

These have been postponed until further notice.

Taxi Fares Review

The current Taxi Fares Review will be completed in the near future, once the Coronavirus crisis is over.

Licensing Registers


Licensing Standards Officer

Any applications should be sent to

or addressed to:

Licensing Office
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Sandwick Road
Isle of Lewis