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High Hedges (Scotland) Act 2013

Powers of entry

Section 20 – Warrant authorising entry

48.This section enables a sheriff or justice of the peace to grant a warrant to any person entitled to exercise a power of entry under section 18 to do so. A warrant allows the person authorised to use reasonable force if necessary but does not allow the use of force against individuals (see subsections (1) and (3)).

49.Subsection (2) describes the circumstances in which a warrant may be granted. These are (a) that there are reasonable grounds for exercising the right of entry, (b) that entry to the land has been refused or a refusal is reasonably expected or the land is unoccupied, and (c) that the local authority has complied with the 14 day notice requirements imposed under section 19(2). The warrant must not authorise entry to a building being occupied as a residence unless there is no other reasonably practicable means of access to the high hedge.

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