12 Nov 2018
Nightclubs in Glasgow can now apply to stay open until 4am after a Licensing Board proposal was approved, boosting a night-time economy which generates £2.16bn a year and supports 16,600 jobs.
Venues must pass strict policy criteria, and the policy will be trialled for a year.
Glasgow has 1,800 licensed premises from concert venues and clubs to bars and top quality hotels.
Matt Kerr, chairman of Glasgow Licensing Board, said: "This board is determined to both broaden and deepen excellence in the city's trade, acknowledging the vital role that well trained and well supported staff play in delivering that excellence to the public.
"The board has sought to use the policy statement to incentivise best practice within Glasgow's pubs, clubs, restaurants and other licensed premises. The 4am pilot scheme is not simply a reward, but a challenge to the trade of our city."
The additional hour will only be available to licence holders who can demonstrate a level of excellence in the way they manage their premises, and factors such as a commitment to staff training and social responsibility, good employment practices, investment in safety and security and a reduced reliance on single use plastic will all contribute to the venue's application for the additional licensed hour.
Following the 12-month pilot period, there will be an evaluation of how the premises themselves have performed and there will also be a wider evaluation of the impact of 4am licences on the city centre.