Venison dealer's licence

The Deer (Scotland) Act 1996 requires that all those that deal in venison in Scotland must be licensed.  It is an offence for any person to sell, offer or expose for sale venison unless he is a licensed venison dealer or is selling to or has purchased from a licensed venison dealer.

The licence issued will be valid for 1 year or 3 years dependant on the application type selected.


Applicants must not be disqualified from holding a Venison Dealers Licence. An application form must be completed and the current fee shall be paid before an application for a licence is processed

Please see the Deer (Scotland) Act 1996 for a summary of the regulations relating to this licence.

How to Apply

You can apply online or you can print out and complete an application form which is available within the publication section at the bottom of this page.

Information on our Licence charges can be found in the publication section on this page.

Tacit consent will not apply so the business cannot operate before the licence is approved.  If you have not heard from us within a reasonable period then please contact us on the details provided.

Failed Application

If your licence is not approved please contact us in the first instance within 21 days of the date of the decision to refuse the application, you may require the Council to give written reasons for its decision.  You may appeal to the Sheriff against the decision within 28 days of the decision, provided you have already followed all available procedures to stating your case to the Council.  Any appeal will only be successful if the Sheriff considers that the Council, in making its decision:

  • erred in law
  • based its decision on an incorrect material fact
  • acted contrary to natural justice
  • exercised its discretion in an unreasonable manner

You may appeal again on a point of law from the Sheriff's decision to the Court of Session within 28 days from the date of the Sheriff's decision.

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