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The Rural Development (Scotland) Regulations 2015

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11.—(1) An authorised person may exercise any of the powers specified in regulations 12 and 13 for the purpose of enforcing these Regulations or the EU Regulations.

(2) An authorised person, on producing if so required a duly authenticated document showing that person’s authority, may at any reasonable hour enter any land or premises other than premises used wholly or mainly as a private dwelling.

(3) A sheriff, stipendiary magistrate or justice of the peace may by signed warrant permit an authorised person to enter any land or premises, if necessary by reasonable force, if satisfied on sworn information in writing that—

(a)there are reasonable grounds for an authorised person to enter the land or premises for any purpose mentioned in paragraph (1); and

(b)one or more of the conditions in paragraph (4) is or are met.

(4) The conditions are that—

(a)entry to the land or premises has been refused, or is likely to be refused, and—

(i)notice of the intention to apply for a warrant has been served on the occupier; or

(ii)no such notice has been served on the occupier because serving such a notice would interfere with the purpose or effectiveness of the entry;

(b)entry is required urgently;

(c)the premises are unoccupied or the occupier is temporarily absent.

(5) A warrant under paragraph (3) is valid for one month.

(6) An authorised person entering any land or premises by virtue of this regulation may be accompanied by—

(a)any representative of the European Commission; and

(b)such other person as the authorised person considers necessary.

(7) An authorised person who enters any unoccupied premises must leave them as effectively secured as they were before those premises were entered.

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