The Licensing Standards Officer (LSO) is a new creation from the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005. The LSO has a wide ranging remit, but the 2005 Act sets out three general functions:
- To provide interested persons with information and guidance concerning the operation of the 2005 Act;
- To supervise compliance by the holders of premises and occasional licences; and
- To provide mediation to avoid or resolve disputes and disagreements between premises and occasional licence holders and any other persons.
The LSO has a statutory right to enter and inspect licensed premises for the purpose of determining whether the activities on the premises are being carried out in accordance with the 2005 Act.