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Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005

Section 34 – Transfer on application of person other than licence holder

77.This section allows for an application for a transfer of a premises licence to be made by the proposed transferee rather than the licence holder. Subsection (4) provides that all the procedure set out in section 33 applies to applications for transfer of a premises licence under this section.

78.The transferee may make such an application only in circumstances where the licence holder has died, become insolvent or incapable or the business is being sold or transferred. Where a sale or transfer is being made the transferee and transferor may therefore choose whether it is to be the transferor who makes the application (under section 33) or the transferee (section 34).

79.A transferee will be able to apply under this section only if the transferee has a prescribed connection to the licence holder or the premises. For example, regulations under subsection (1) may prescribe that only the licence holder’s executor may apply under this section for transfer of the licence in circumstances where the licence holder has died.

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