Section 29 – Application to vary premises licence
63.This section permits premises licence holders to apply, to the Licensing Board which originally granted the licence, for variations to the terms and conditions of the premises licence. This is a change to the regime under the Licensing (Scotland) Act 1976 which made no provision for variations to licence. Subsection (2) provides that where practicable all applications must be accompanied by the paper version of the premises licence,.
64.Subsection (4) provides that the duty placed on Licensing Boards under sections 21 and 22 of the Act also applies to applications under this section for variations to premises licences. This is to ensure that all those persons who have a statutory right to be notified, are notified of the proposed variation and that any such person may make representations and objections to the variation.
65.Subsection (5) explains what is meant by a “variation”. It includes any change to the operating plan. Subsection (6) provides for certain variations to be classed as “minor variations”, which are dealt with less formally, and must be granted by the Licensing Board by virtue of section 30(2)