The Deer (Scotland) Act 1996 requires that venison dealers 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.
Licences are issued by the Comhairle and are valid for three years. Licensed venison dealers must maintain records of purchases and receipts of venison which are open to inspection by the Deer Commission for Scotland. The Comhairle will notify the Commission of the numbers and details of the venison dealer's licences which they have issued.