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Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005

Section 97 – Closure orders

204.Subsection (1) provides a power for Licensing Boards, on application from a senior police officer, by order to close any licensed premises if disorder is imminent and closure is necessary for public safety.

205.Subsection (2) provides a power for a senior police officer to make an order to authorise immediate closure of licensed premises under the same conditions but only if the risk to public safety is such that immediate closure is necessary. An order made by senior police officer is referred to as an “emergency closure order” and has effect for no more than 24 hours.

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