Government proposes to scrap the licensing of entertainment

The Licensing Act 2003 brought together nine separate outdated licensing related regimes, and created instead a single Act that controlled alcohol supply and sale, late night refreshment, and “regulated entertainment”.  In tidying up the old licensing regimes new problems were created for many wishing to host entertainment events.

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.

Please add your comments to the consultation on the DCMS websiteThe consultation closes on 3rd December 2011.

ACRE (Action for Communities in Rural England) carried out a comprehensive survey in 2009 and has produced a number of Reports.

In particular, Rural Community Buildings, Arts, Sports and Licensing Requirements,  demonstrated that 80% of halls are used for arts activity, contributing to the trebling of use of rural halls over the last 20 years.

75% of rural halls currently have to hold a Premises Licence which permits a variety of entertainment to be held in public.

There is no charge for the Licence but it requires a significant amount of administration. Removing the need for the Licence will release a burden from volunteers, as well as from the local authorities administering applications.

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