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The Public Performance Licensing has announced a revised fee structure for nightclubs, pubs/bars, restaurant/cafes and hotels.

From 1 July 2019, the fees nightclubs, pubs/bars, restaurant/cafes and hotels have to pay to play commercially licensed recorded music will be calculated by measuring:

  • The number of persons attending that event (in units of 25 persons); and
  • The duration of that SFE event.

The fees will be introduced over a 5 year period starting at a rate of £1 for each 1-25 people attending your event (4p per person/hour).  This rate will increase to £2.25/person per hour in 2023.

Some important things for licensees to remember:

  • Licensee will be required to accurately count number of attendees and this will need to be reported back to the PPL on an annual basis
  • Event times must be rounded to the nearest hour
  • VAT is not included

 For new customers, this means it will apply to any new licences granted from that date.  For existing customers it will apply to licence renewals with a renewal date on or after 1 July 2019.

Stephen McCaffrey

Regulatory defence barrister specialising in alcohol and entertainment licensing law, appeals and defence.

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