Schedule 1 of the Licencing Act 2003, sets out what activities are to be treated as regulated entertainment under the act. Regulated entertainment is that for which a premises licence or other authority under the licencing act is required before it can lawfully take place. There are eight main descriptions of regulated entertainment as follows:
- the 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
- entertainment of a similar description falling into that within paragraphs e, f or g above.
On the face of it, if you are wishing to host or operate any of the above activities, there is a good chance that you will require a Premises licence or be required to give a Temporary Events Notice. There are however a large number of exceptions to take into account and you should take advice before holding an event or making an application to the local authority. The rules are complex and the numbers and types of exceptions to those rules are numerous. Important factors tend to be the size of the audience you anticipate and the time you intend to hold the entertainment. If you already have a Premises Licence which permits the supply of alcohol, then you may already be authorised to play live music but that will depend on when the performance is due to take pace and the size of the audience expected. In the case of films for example, much will depend on the type of film being shown and the type of premises it is being shown from. The exceptions in the schedule to the act are detailed and sometimes unexpected, ‘wrestling entertainment’ for example does not include all types of wrestling. The act makes specific mention of Morris dancing and there are even special exceptions for garden fetes!
It is a criminal offence under section 136 of the Licencing Act 2003 to carry on any licensable activity, such as regulated entertainment other than in accordance with a Premises Licence or other authorisation under the 2003 Act. Commission of the offence is punishable by an unlimited fine.
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