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82Civic licensing standards officersS

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After Part 3 of the 1982 Act insert—

PART 3A SCIVIC LICENSING STANDARDS OFFICERS
45GCivic licensing standards officers

(1)Each local authority must appoint for their area one or more officers (a “civic licensing standards officer”)—

(a)to exercise, in relation to the authority's area, the general functions conferred on civic licensing standards officers by virtue of section 45H, and

(b)to exercise any other functions that may be conferred on such an officer by virtue of this or any other enactment.

(2)A civic licensing standards officer appointed by a local authority is taken to be an authorised officer of the authority for the purposes of Parts 1 to 3.

(3)A person may hold more than one appointment under subsection (1) (so as to be a civic licensing standards officer for more than one local authority area).

(4)Nothing in this section prevents an officer of a local authority other than a civic licensing standards officer from being an authorised officer of the authority for a purpose of Parts 1 to 3.

(5)In this Part, a reference to a local authority includes a reference to that authority acting as the licensing authority for their area and a reference to an authorised officer of a local authority (however expressed) is to be construed accordingly.

45HGeneral functions of a civic licensing standards officer

(1)The general functions of a civic licensing standards officer are—

(a)to provide to any interested person information and guidance concerning the operation of Parts 1 to 3 in the officer's area,

(b)to supervise the compliance by the holder of a licence granted under Parts 1 to 3 in the officer's area with—

(i)the conditions of the licence, and

(ii)the other requirements of Parts 1 to 3,

(c)to provide mediation services for the purposes of avoiding or resolving disputes or disagreements between—

(i)the holder of a licence granted under Parts 1 to 3 in the officer's area, and

(ii)any other person,

concerning any matter relating to compliance with the conditions of the licence or the other requirements of Parts 1 to 3.

(2)The function under subsection (1)(b) includes, in particular, power for a civic licensing standards officer, where the officer believes that a condition to which the licence is subject has been or is being breached—

(a)to give a notice to the holder of the licence requiring such action to be taken to remedy the breach as may be specified in the notice, and

(b)to refer the breach to the local authority which granted the licence for consideration at a meeting of the authority.

(3)A civic licensing standards officer may only refer a breach of a condition under subsection (2)(b) if—

(a)the officer has given notice under subsection (2)(a) and the holder of the licence has failed to comply with it, or

(b)the officer considers that it is appropriate for the breach to be referred to the authority without such a notice being given.

(4)In this section, a reference to an officer's area is a reference to—

(a)the local authority area for which the officer is appointed under section 45G(1), or

(b)where the officer is appointed for more than one local authority area, the area for which the officer is exercising a function at the relevant time..

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