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Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005

Section 54 – Dismissal, resignation, death etc. of premises manager

114.This section deals with circumstances where the premises manager ceases to work at the premises, becomes incapable of acting or dies or where the personal licence held by the premises manager is revoked or suspended. It gives a “period of grace” to allow the premises to continue operating despite not having a premises manager and pending the recruitment of a new one.

115.Subsection (3) places a duty on the premises licence holder to inform the Licensing Board of such circumstances within 7 days.

116.Subsection (4) and (5) provide that should this notification be done within the 7 day period and an application to substitute a new premises is made within 6 weeks of the loss of the premises manager, then the fact that the premises are, in the meantime, operating without a premises manager will be overlooked.

117.Subsection (6) provides that should there not be an application for a transfer of the premises licence under subsection (4) then the Licensing Board must vary the licence to reflect the fact that there is no longer any premises manager named on it. The period of grace will have ended and the premises would have to stop operating as they would have no premises manager.

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