Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982

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Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982
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Long title An Act to make provision as regards Scotland for the licensing and regulation of certain activities; for the preservation of public order and safety and the prevention crime; for prohibiting the taking of and dealing with indecent photographs of children; as to certain powers of constables and others; as to lost and abandoned property and property in the possession of persons taken into police custody; as to the rights and duties of the owners and users of certain land, buildings and other structures; as to the making by local authorities of byelaws; and to enable them to make management rules applying to land or premises under their control; as to certain other functions of local authorities and their officers; as to the time when the Burgh Police (Scotland) Acts 1892 to 1911 and certain local statutory provisions cease to have effect; and for connected purposes.
Citation 1982 c.45
Territorial extentScotland (except s. 16)
Royal assent 28 October 1982
Commencement 1 January 1985
Status: Amended

The Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 is an Act of the United Kingdom Parliament which makes provision for a wide range of civic government matters. [1] [2]


Effects of the Act

Parts I and II of the Act deal with licensing by local authorities of a range of activities including taxis and private hire cars, second-hand dealers, metal dealers, boat hire, street traders, market operators, public entertainment, indoor sports entertainment and window cleaners.

Part III deals with the control of sex shops.

Part IV sets out a range of public nuisance offences, including soliciting and importuning by prostitutes, urination or defecation in public places, dog fouling, dangerous animals, drunkenness, display, publication etc. of obscene material, obstruction by pedestrians, ticket touting, causing annoyance by playing of instruments, radios &c. Sections 52 and 52A create offences of possession, making and distribution etc. of indecent images of children.

Part V deals with public processions.

Part VI, VII and VIIA deal with lost or abandoned property, and the property of people taken into police custody.

Part VIII deals with local authorities' powers as regards buildings in need of maintenance and maintenance of common stairs.

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