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142GuidanceS

(1)The Scottish Ministers may issue guidance to Licensing Boards as to the exercise of their functions under this Act.

(2)The Scottish Ministers may modify any guidance issued by them under subsection (1).

(3)Each Licensing Board must, in the exercise of their functions under this Act, have regard to any guidance issued to them under subsection (1).

(4)Where a Licensing Board decides not to follow any guidance issued under subsection (1), the Board must give the Scottish Ministers notice of the decision together with a statement of the reasons for it.

(5)The first guidance to Licensing Boards under subsection (1) is not to be issued by the Scottish Ministers unless a draft of the guidance has been laid before, and approved by resolution of, the Scottish Parliament.

(6)The Scottish Ministers must lay any subsequent guidance issued by them under subsection (1) before the Parliament.

Commencement Information

I1S. 142 in force at 19.3.2007 by S.S.I. 2007/129, art. 2

143Crown applicationS

(1)This Act binds the Crown.

(2)No contravention by the Crown of any provision made by virtue of this Act makes the Crown criminally liable; but the Court of Session may, on the application of any public body or office-holder having responsibility for enforcing that provision, declare unlawful any act or omission of the Crown which constitutes such a contravention.

(3)However, any provision made by virtue of this Act applies to persons in the public service of the Crown as it applies to other persons.

Commencement Information

I2S. 143 in force at 1.5.2007 by S.S.I. 2007/129, art. 3, Sch.

144Modification of enactmentsS

Schedule 6, which modifies enactments, has effect.

Commencement Information

I3S. 144 in force at 1.5.2007 for specified purposes by S.S.I. 2007/129, art. 3, Sch.

145Ancillary provisionS

The Scottish Ministers may by order make such incidental, supplemental, consequential, transitional, transitory or saving provision as they consider necessary or expedient for the purposes of or in consequence of this Act.

146Orders and regulationsS

(1)Any power of the Scottish Ministers to make orders or regulations under this Act is exercisable by statutory instrument.

(2)Any such power includes power to make—

(a)such incidental, supplemental, consequential, transitional, transitory or saving provision as the Scottish Ministers think necessary or expedient,

(b)different provision for different purposes.

(3)An order under section 145 may modify any enactment (including this Act), instrument or document.

(4)A statutory instrument containing an order or regulations under this Act except—

(a)an order under section 65(4), 123(6)[F1, 150(2), paragraph 6A(4) of schedule 3, or paragraph 5A(4) of schedule 4],

(b)regulations under section 27(2)[F2, 27A(1)][F3, 60(2)] or 139(3), and

(c)where subsection (5) applies, [F4regulations under section 9B(5) or] an order under section 145,

is subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of the Scottish Parliament.

(5)No—

[F5(za)regulations under section 9B(5) containing provisions which add to, replace or omit any part of the text of subsection (3) of that section,]

(a)order under section 65(4)[F6, 123(6), paragraph 6A(4) of schedule 3, or paragraph 5A(4) of schedule 4],

(b)regulations under section 27(2)[F7, 27A(1)][F8, 60(2)] or 139(3), or

(c)order under section 145 containing provisions which add to, replace or omit any part of the text of an Act,

is to be made unless a draft of the statutory instrument containing the order or regulations has been laid before, and approved by resolution of, the Parliament.

Textual Amendments

F1Words in s. 146(4)(a) substituted (6.12.2017 for specified purposes, 1.5.2018 in so far as not already in force) by Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act 2012 (asp 4), ss. 1(4)(a), 5(2); S.S.I. 2017/402, art. 2; S.S.I. 2018/88, art. 2

F2Word in s. 146(4)(b) inserted (1.10.2011) by Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Act 2010 (asp 18), ss. 10(2), 18(1) (with s. 16); S.S.I. 2011/149, art. 2, sch.

F3Word in s. 146(4)(b) inserted (1.10.2011) by Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Act 2010 (asp 18), ss. 8(3)(a), 18(1) (with s. 16); S.S.I. 2011/149, art. 2, sch.

F4Words in s. 146(4)(c) inserted (1.12.2015 for specified purposes, 15.5.2017 in so far as not already in force) by Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 (asp 10), ss. 56(3)(a), 88(2); S.S.I. 2015/382, art. 2, sch.; S.S.I. 2017/119, art. 2, sch.

F5S. 146(5)(za) inserted (1.12.2015 for specified purposes, 15.5.2017 in so far as not already in force) by Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 (asp 10), ss. 56(3)(b), 88(2); S.S.I. 2015/382, art. 2, sch.; S.S.I. 2017/119, art. 2, sch.

F6Words in s. 146(5)(a) substituted (6.12.2017 for specified purposes, 1.5.2018 in so far as not already in force) by Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act 2012 (asp 4), ss. 1(4)(b), 5(2); S.S.I. 2017/402, art. 2; S.S.I. 2018/88, art. 2

F7Word in s. 146(5)(b) inserted (1.10.2011) by Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Act 2010 (asp 18), ss. 10(2), 18(1) (with s. 16); S.S.I. 2011/149, art. 2, sch.

F8Word in s. 146(5)(b) inserted (1.10.2011) by Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Act 2010 (asp 18), ss. 8(3)(b), 18(1) (with s. 16); S.S.I. 2011/149, art. 2, sch.

147InterpretationS

(1)In this Act—

  • alcoholic drink” means a drink consisting of or containing alcohol,

  • applicant”, in relation to any application under this Act, means the person making the application,

  • [F9chief constable” means the chief constable of the Police Service of Scotland,]

  • area” means—

    (a)

    in relation to a council, the local government area for which the council is constituted,

    (b)

    in relation to a Licensing Board or Local Licensing Forum, the council area or, as the case may be, licensing division for which the Board or Forum is established,

  • capacity”, in relation to licensed premises, means—

    (a)

    in relation to licensed premises (or any part of such premises) on which alcohol is sold for consumption on the premises (or, as the case may be, that part), the maximum number of customers which can be accommodated in the premises (or, as the case may be, that part) at any one time, and

    (b)

    in relation to licensed premises (or any part of such premises) on which alcohol is sold for consumption off the premises (or, as the case may be, that part), the amount of space in the premises (or, as the case may be, that part) given over to the display of alcohol for sale,

  • child” means a person under the age of 16,

  • community council” has the same meaning as in Part IV of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 (c. 65),

  • [F10coronavirus” has the meaning given by section 1 of the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020,]

  • council” means a council constituted under section 2 of the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994 (c. 39),

  • [F11Health Board” means a board constituted by an order under section 2(1)(a) of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978 (c.29);]

  • licensed premises” means premises in respect of which a premises licence or occasional licence has effect,

  • liqueur confectionery” means confectionery which—

    (a)

    contains alcohol in a proportion not greater than 0.2 litres of alcohol (of a strength not exceeding 57%) per kilogramme of the confectionery, and

    (b)

    either consists of separate pieces weighing not more than 50 grammes or is designed to be broken into such pieces for the purposes of consumption,

  • premises” means any place and includes a vehicle, vessel or moveable structure,

  • prescribed” means prescribed by regulations made by the Scottish Ministers,

  • railway vehicle” means a railway vehicle within the meaning of section 83 of the Railways Act 1993 (c. 43) that is used in the provision of a railway service within the meaning of section 82 of that Act (excluding the wider meaning of “railway” given by section 81(2) of that Act),

  • relevant council” means, in relation to a Licensing Board or Local Licensing Forum, the council—

    (a)

    for whose area the Board or Forum is established, or

    (b)

    in the case of a Board or Forum established for a licensing division, for the area of which the division forms part,

  • [F11relevant health board”, in relation to a Licensing Board, means—

    (a)

    the Health Board for the Licensing Board's area, or

    (b)

    if the Licensing Board's area forms part of the area of more than one Health Board, each such Health Board;]

  • sell”, in relation to alcohol, includes barter and expose to or offer for sale, and related expressions such as “sale” are to be construed accordingly,

  • senior police officer” means a constable of or above the rank of superintendent,

  • strength”, in relation to alcohol, is to be determined in accordance with section 2 of the Alcoholic Liquor Duties Act 1979 (c. 4),

  • subject premises” means, in relation to any application under this Act, the premises to which the application relates,

  • vehicle” means a vehicle intended or adapted for use on roads,

  • vessel” includes a ship, boat, raft or other apparatus constructed or adapted for floating on water,

  • young person” means a person aged 16 or 17.

(2)In this Act, references to selling alcohol or other goods to trade are references to selling the alcohol or goods to a person for the purposes of the person's trade; and related expressions are to be construed accordingly.

(3)For the purposes of this Act, a person is, in relation to a partnership, a company, a club or other body (whether incorporated or unincorporated), a connected person if the person—

(a)in the case of a partnership, is a partner,

(b)in the case of a company—

(i)is a director, or

(ii)has control of the company,

(c)in the case of a club, is an office bearer of the club,

(d)in any other case, is concerned in the management or control of the body.

(4)For the purposes of subsection (3)(b)(ii) and this subsection, a person is taken to have control of a company if—

(a)any of the directors of the company, or of any other company having control of the company, is accustomed to act in accordance with the person's directions or instructions, or

(b)the person is entitled to exercise, or to control the exercise of, at least one third of the voting power at any general meeting of the company or of any other company having control of the company.

Textual Amendments

F9Words in s. 147(1) substituted (1.4.2013) by Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 (asp 8), s. 129(2), sch. 7 para. 29(8); S.S.I. 2013/51, art. 2 (with transitional provisions and savings in S.S.I. 2013/121)

F10Words in s. 147 inserted (temp.) (7.4.2020) by virtue of Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 (asp 7), s. 17(1), sch. 5 para. 7(2) (with ss. 11-13)

F11Definitions in s. 147(1) inserted (1.10.2011) by Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Act 2010 (asp 18), ss. 11(5), 18(1) (with s. 16); S.S.I. 2011/149, art. 2, Sch.

148Index of defined expressionsS

The expressions in the left-hand column of the table are defined or otherwise explained by the provisions of this Act specified in the right-hand column.

ExpressionInterpretation provision
alcoholsection 2
alcoholic drinksection 147(1)
applicantsection 147(1)
[F12chief constable]section 147(1)
areasection 147(1)
capacity (in relation to licensed premises)section 147(1)
certified copy (of premises licence or summary)section 55
childsection 147(1)
closure ordersection 97(3)
community councilsection 147(1)
connected personsection 147(3)
councilsection 147(1)
F13. . .F13. . .
emergency closure ordersection 97(4)
excluded premisessection 123(2)
exclusion ordersection 94(6)
exempt premisessection 124
expiry date (of a personal licence)section 77(7)
extended hours applicationsection 68(3)
foreign offencesection 129(2)
layout plansection 20(2)(b)(ii)
licensed hourssection 62(1)
licensed premisessection 147(1)
licensing objectivessection 4(1)
licensing policy statementsection 6(1)
licensing qualificationsection 91(1)
licensing registersection 9(1)
liqueur confectionerysection 147(1)
localitysection 7(2)
operating plansection 20(4)
occasional licencesection 56(1)
occasional licence applicationsection 56(4)
off-sales hourssection 62(2)(a)(ii)
on-sales hourssection 62(2)(a)(i)
personal licencesection 71
personal licence applicationsection 72(2)
personal licence renewal applicationsection 78(4)
premisessection 147(1)
premises licencesection 17
premises licence applicationsection 20(3)
premises licence review applicationsection 36(2)
premises licence review proposalsection 37(2)
premises licence variation applicationsection 29(3)
premises managersection 19(1)
prescribedsection 147(1)
provisional premises licencesection 45(5)
provisional premises licence applicationsection 45(2)
railway vehiclesection 147(1)
relevant councilsection 147(1)
[F14relevant health boardsection 147(1)]
relevant offencesection 129(1)
review hearingsection 38(2)
sell (and related expressions)section 147(1)
selling to tradesection 147(2)
senior police officersection 147(1)
strength (of alcohol)section 147(1)
subject premisessection 147(1)
supplementary licensing policy statementsection 6(2)
temporary premises licencesection 47(4)
variation (of a premises licence)section 29(5)
minor variation (of such a licence)section 29(6)
vehiclesection 147(1)
vesselsection 147(1)
young personsection 147(1)

Textual Amendments

F12Words in s. 148 substituted (1.4.2013) by Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 (asp 8), s. 129(2), sch. 7 para. 29(9); S.S.I. 2013/51, art. 2 (with transitional provisions and savings in S.S.I. 2013/121)

F14Entry "relevant health board" in s. 148 inserted (1.10.2011) by Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Act 2010 (asp 18), ss. 11(6), 18(1) (with s. 16); S.S.I. 2011/149, art. 2, Sch.

149RepealsS

The enactments mentioned in the first column in schedule 7 are repealed to the extent specified in the second column.

Commencement Information

I4S. 149 in force at 1.6.2006 for specified purposes by S.S.I. 2006/286, art. 2(b) (with arts. 3-5) (as amended (1.5.2007) by S.S.I. 2007/128, art. 6)

I5S. 149 in force at 1.5.2007 for specified purposes by S.S.I. 2007/129, art. 3, Sch.

I6S. 149 in force at 1.2.2008 for specified purposes by S.S.I. 2007/472, art. 2, Sch. 1

I7S. 149 in force at 1.9.2009 at 5.00 a.m. in so far as not already in force by S.S.I. 2007/472, art. 3

150Short title and commencementS

(1)This Act may be cited as the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005.

(2)This Act (other than this section and sections 145 to 148) comes into force on such day as the Scottish Ministers may by order appoint.

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