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Public Health (Wales) Act 2017

Section 70 - Approval of premises and vehicles in respect of performance of special procedure

134.This section enables a local authority to issue an approval certificate, thereby approving a premises or vehicle so that a special procedure (or a number of special procedures) may be performed there. The approval will last for either a maximum of seven days (if it relates to procedures carried out on a temporary basis (i.e. in the course of an entertainment, exhibition or other event)), or three years. The period for which the approval is valid must be specified on the approval certificate. The premises must be in the local authority’s area and the vehicle must be considered to be driven, used or kept in the area of the local authority, in order for the local authority to approve it.

135.Subsection (3) requires the Welsh Ministers to make regulations in relation to the approval of premises and vehicles. These regulations must cover the criteria to be met in order for an application to be granted, the circumstances in which an application is to be granted, and the process for an applicant to appeal against a refusal of an application. In addition, the regulations will specify the conditions (the “mandatory approval conditions”) which must be complied with in order for the approval to be retained. These conditions may include the facilities available at the premises or vehicle, such as suitable hand cleansing facilities, and provide details about displaying an approval certificate at an approved premises or vehicle. The purpose of the display of approval certificates is to improve transparency in relation to the practice of special procedures, and to enable consumers to identify that the premises or vehicle has been approved by the local authority.

136.The regulations may also make provision about the way in which an application for approval is made and is dealt with (including the payment of a fee), the circumstances in which an application must not be granted, or may be granted at the local authority’s discretion, and the process that will apply to the renewal of an approval. In addition, the regulations may make provision about how a local authority determines the amount of fee payable by an applicant when applying for a premises or vehicle approval, as well as detail about the consequences of failing to comply with the requirement to pay a fee (such as a revocation of approval).

137.The regulations may also make different provision for different descriptions of premises and vehicles; for different special procedures; and for the different circumstances in which a special procedure is performed.

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