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Venison Dealers' Licence

In terms of the Deer (Scotland) Act 1996 venison dealers require to be licensed by their local authority. The scheme for licensing venison dealers is administered by the Council's Licensing Team.

The Licensing Team are able to provide general guidance on the scheme but cannot assist you to complete your application form or provide legal advice on whether a licence is required. You should seek legal advice from a solicitor or advice centre if you are unsure as to whether you require a licence.
Who requires a venison dealer's licence from the Council?

It is an offence for any person to sell, offer or expose for sale, venison unless he / she is a licensed venison dealer or is selling to or has purchased from a licensed venison dealer.

It is essentially only wholesalers who require to be licensed; therefore there is no need for every butcher and retailer in Scotland to be licensed so long as the venison on sale has been purchased from a licensed dealer.

Venison means the carcase or any edible part of the carcase of a deer, and deer means deer of any species, whether or not deer within the meaning of Section 45 of the Deer (Scotland) Act 1996, and includes farmed deer.