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Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005

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3.The Act is in 9 Parts.

4.These are:

  • Part 1 – Core provisions

  • Part 2 – Licensing bodies and officers

  • Part 3 – Premises licences

  • Part 4 – Occasional licences

  • Part 5 – Licensed hours

  • Part 6 – Personal licences

  • Part 7 – Control of order

  • Part 8 - Offences

  • Part 9 – Miscellaneous and general

5.Commentary explaining the changes introduced by each Part is provided below. The main legislation which currently governs licensing in Scotland is the Licensing (Scotland) Act 1976 (c.66) as amended and the Licensed Premises (Exclusion of Certain Persons) Act 1980 (c.32). The Act repeals this legislation.

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Text created by the Scottish Government to explain what the Act sets out to achieve and to make the Act accessible to readers who are not legally qualified. Explanatory Notes were introduced in 1999 and accompany all Acts of the Scottish Parliament except those which result from Budget Bills.


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