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If you want to put on live or recorded entertainment, it is not always necessary to have a licence in place.

Under the Licensing Act 2003, regulated entertainment is licensable.

Regulated entertainment is:

  • a performance of a play;
  • an exhibition of a film;
  • an indoor sporting event;
  • a boxing or wrestling entertainment;
  • a performance of live music;
  • any playing of recorded music;
  • a performance of dance; and
  • entertainment of a similar description to a performance of live music, any playing of recorded music or a performance of dance

If you want to offer regulated entertainment at your venue, you would normally need a licence.  However, a change in law has relaxed the rules on entertainment and it is possible for you to offer entertainment without the need for a licence.

 

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So when can you offer entertainment without a licence?

Plays: no licence is required for performances between 08.00 and 23.00 on any day, provided that the audience does not exceed 500.

Dance: no licence is required for performances between 08.00 and 23.00 on any day, provided that the audience does not exceed 500

Films: no licence is required for ‘not-for-profit’ film exhibition held in community premises between 08.00 and 23.00 on any day provided that the audience does not exceed 500 and the organiser (a) gets consent to the screening from a person who is responsible for the premises; and (b) ensures that each such screening abides by age classification ratings.

Indoor sporting events: no licence is required for an event between 08.00 and 23.00 on any day, provided that those present do not exceed 1000.

Boxing or wrestling entertainment: no licence is required for a contest, exhibition or display of Greco-Roman wrestling, or freestyle wrestling between 08.00 and 23.00 on any day, provided that the audience does not exceed 1000.

Live music: no licence permission is required for:

  • a performance of unamplified live music between 08.00 and 23.00 on any day, on any premises.
  • a performance of amplified live music between 08.00 and 23.00 on any day on premises authorised to sell alcohol for consumption on those premises, provided that the audience does not exceed 500
  • a performance of amplified live music between 08.00 and 23.00 on any day, in a workplace that does not have a licence, provided that the audience does not exceed 500.

Recorded Music: no licence permission is required for:

  • any playing of recorded music between 08.00 and 23.00 on any day on premises authorised to sell alcohol for consumption on those premises, provided that the audience does not exceed 500.

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