Part 9Miscellaneous and general



(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.

143Crown application

(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.

144Modification of enactments

Schedule 6, which modifies enactments, has effect.

145Ancillary provision

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 regulations

(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) or 150(2),

(b)regulations under section 27(2) or 139(3), and

(c)where subsection (5) applies, an order under section 145,

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


(a)order under section 65(4) or 123(6),

(b)regulations under section 27(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.


(1)In this Act—

(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.

148Index of defined expressions

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)
appropriate chief constablesection 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)
crime prevention objectivesection 4(2)
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)
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)


The enactments mentioned in the first column in schedule 7 are repealed to the extent specified in the second column.

150Short title and commencement

(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.