Deregulation of Entertainment Licensing

The government has recently announced their proposal to deregulate some types of entertainment licensing. 
 

Schedule 1 Category

Position

Plays

Deregulated between 0800-2300 for audiences up to 500

Dance

Deregulated between 0800-2300 for audiences up to 500

Indoor Sport

Deregulated between 0800-2300 for audiences up to 1000

Live Music *

  • Licensing suspended for amplified live music between 0800-2300 in on-licensed premises and deregulated in workplaces for audiences up to 500 (raised from 200 in Live Music Act 2012)

Recorded Music

  • Licensing suspended between 0800-2300 in on-licensed premises (but not in workplaces) for audiences up to 500

Film

Consultation on partial deregulation for community film exhibition

Boxing / Wrestling

  • Licensing requirement retained with the exception of deregulation for Olympic style Greco-Roman and Freestyle wrestling
  • Mixed Martial Arts/Cagefighting style events added to Schedule 1 categories of regulated entertainment

       * NB: the Live Music Act 2012 already deregulates unamplified live music between 0800-2300       

       with no audience limitations

Cross-activity Exemptions

Position

Activities hosted by local authorities, hospitals, nurseries and schools (except HE establishments) on own premises

Exempt from all Schedule 1 licensing requirements between 0800-2300 with no audience limitations

Activities held on local authority, hospital, nursery and school premises (except HE establishments) by others with their permission

Exempt from regulation for live and recorded music between 0800-2300 for audiences up to 500

Community premises (eg: church and village halls, community centres, etc)

Exempt from regulation for live and recorded music between 0800-2300 for audiences up to 500

Circuses

Exempt from regulation for live and recorded music, plays, dance and indoor sport (ie: not boxing/wrestling or film) between 0800-2300 with no audience limitations

       Source: Department for culture, media and sport.

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