Section 27 – Conditions of premises licence
55.This section provides that all premises licences will be subject to those mandatory conditions set out in schedule 3 to this Act, unless schedule 3 provides otherwise. The application of these mandatory conditions is intended to ensure national consistency on those matters specified in schedule 3.
56.Subsections (2) and (5) provide a power for the Scottish Ministers to set out such further national mandatory or discretionary conditions to be attached to premises licences as they think are needed for the purposes of the five licensing objectives established by this Act.
57.Subsections (3) and (4) place a duty on Scottish Ministers to set out by regulations additional mandatory licence conditions for all premises open after 1.00am.
58.Subsection (6) provides a power for Licensing Boards to impose additional licence conditions to those ones to which the licence may be subject by virtue of subsections (1) to (3). This power could be used in circumstances where additional conditions were needed for the purposes of any of the five licensing objectives established by the Act and where some other form of activity not covered by schedule 3 was being undertaken on the premises. However, under subsection (7) a Board may only impose additional licence conditions which do not run counter to the effect of national conditions, and which do not attempt to alter or add to those conditions to make them more onerous or restrictive.
59.Subsections (8) and (9) make clear the types of conditions which can be prescribed by Scottish Ministers and imposed by Licensing Boards. These can cover both the sale of alcohol and any other activity carried out on the premises.
60.Subsection (10) provides a limitation on Licensing Boards’ powers under any provision of this Act to vary the conditions of a premises licence to only those conditions provided for by this section.