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Designated Premises Manager (DPM)

In terms of the mandatory conditions which apply to premises licences every licensed premises in Scotland must have a designated premises manager (DPM) who works at the premises in order to be able sell alcohol. The only premises which are exempt from these requirements are clubs operating in terms of the Licensing (Clubs) (Scotland) Regulations 2007.

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Please note the following information in relation to premises managers;
  • Every premises must have a specified designated premises manager who works at the premises.
  • Any individual intending to be a designated premises manager must also be the holder of a valid Personal Licence.
  • A person can only be the designated premises manager of one premises at a time. 
  • If your designated premises manager stops working at the premises for any reason, or his licence expires or is revoked or suspended, the licence holder must notify the Licensing Board within one week or the premises will not be able to continue selling alcohol.