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Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005

The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 came into force on 1 September 2009

Licensing Objectives

The Act sets out 5 high level “licensing objectives.” These represent the principles on which the new licensing system is based, and provide Licensing Boards with a solid foundation on which to build their own local policies. These objectives are not ranked in order of importance. Each has equal weighting and all must be paramount considerations when Licensing Boards are carrying out their responsibilities.

These 5 objectives are:

  • Preventing crime and disorder;
  • Securing public safety;
  • Preventing public nuisance;
  • Protecting and improving public health; and
  • Protecting children from harm.

Download the associated Application Forms.

Statement of Licensing Policy

Section 6 of the Act requires a Licensing Board to prepare and publish a Statement of Licensing Policy every three years. Licensing policies must be published before the Board carries out any function in respect of individual applications made under the terms of the Act. During each three year period, the policy must be kept under review and the Licensing Board may make to it such revisions as it considers appropriate.

Register of Licensed Premises

The Register of Licensed Premises is updated regularly.

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