Businesses and members of the public have until the end of October to give feedback on new proposals which would allow pubs in Aberdeen city centre to stay open until 3am.
Aberdeen City Council has proposed allowing public houses to stay open later on Fridays and Saturdays as it looks to refresh its licensing policies.
However club owners have argued the move could be a “fatal blow” to their industry and could “kill off the traditional nightclub”.
Business organisation Aberdeen Inspired previously said it has received “mixed feedback” on the proposals.
The plans, contained in the licensing board’s draft licensing policy statement, would remove the requirement for venues in the city centre to provide “significant entertainment” – such as DJs, live music or discos – to stay open until 3am.
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Marie Boulton, convener of the Aberdeen city licensing board, said: “The statement of licensing policy is a vital document and input to the draft is welcome.
“The consultation is an important part of the process and an opportunity to gather valuable feedback.”
A final decision on the policy will be made later in the year.
Meanwhile, the deadline for premises licence holders in Aberdeen to pay annual fees is looming.
Payment must be made by Monday and licence holders have been issued with reminder letters.
Ms Boulton added: “The renewal period is a busy period for the licensing team and payments continue to be processed. I would encourage anyone who has yet to pay their premises licence fee to do so at the earliest opportunity.”