Entertainment Licensing Law Reform

Update October 2013: Consultation on a proposal to use a Legislative Reform Order to make changes to entertainment licensing Internet Document  Opens in a new Window

 

The Government has announced that The Licensing Act 2003 (Descriptions of Entertainment) (Amendment) Order 2013 will come into force on the 27th of June 2013.

 

 

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The Government is therefore proposing a reform of activities currently classed as "regulated entertainment" in Schedule One of the 2003 Act.  The consultation seeks views on the removal in certain circumstances of the requirement for a licence in England and Wales to host a performance of a play, an exhibition of a film, an indoor sporting event, a performance of live music, any playing of recorded music, or a performance of dance.

 


- Performance of plays: no longer requires a licence between 08:00-23:00 for audiences of up to 500 people
- Performance of dance: no longer requires a licence between 08:00-23:00 for audiences of up to 500 people
- Indoor sport: no longer requires a licence from 08:00-23:00 for audiences of up to 1000 people
- The Government will extend the key protections of the Live Music Act 2012, but raise the permitted audience ceiling from 200 to 500, in on-licensed premises and workplaces in line with the most other deregulated activities
- Recorded music: in line with live music deregulation, regulation for recorded music (mainly discos and DJs) will be suspended between 08:00-23:00 in premises licensed for the sale and supply of alcohol. This measure, like live music deregulation, is subject to controls from the local licence Review process.
- Exempt from most forms of entertainment licensing:

  • Community venues (including local authority)
  • Schools
  • Nurseries
  • Hospitals
  • Circuses

- Film exhibition: consultation in the coming months on detailed proposals to partially deregulate community film exhibition whilst maintaining important age restriction protections for children.