Regulated entertainment
Produced in partnership with David Lucas of Fraser Brown Solicitors
Regulated entertainment

The following Local Government guidance note Produced in partnership with David Lucas of Fraser Brown Solicitors provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Regulated entertainment
  • What Constitutes the Provision of Regulated Entertainment?
  • Entertainment exceptions
  • Entertainment provided by healthcare providers, local authorities and school proprietors
  • Music provided at community premises, hospitals, local authority premises and schools
  • Conditions—Live and recorded music
  • Reviews—live and recorded music
  • Conditions—non-licensable activities
  • Exemptions

The provision of regulated entertainment is a licensable activity and a qualifying club activity under the Licensing Act 2003 (LA 2003).

To provide regulated entertainment, premises will require one or more of the following authorisations:

  1. a premises licence, see Practice Note: Licensing of alcohol and entertainment

  2. a club premises certificate, see Practice Note: Licensing of alcohol and entertainment

  3. a temporary event notice, see Practice Note: Temporary Event Notices (TENs)

What Constitutes the Provision of Regulated Entertainment?

The types of entertainment specified in LA 2003 will not be licensable unless the following conditions are satisfied:

  1. the entertainment is provided

    1. for members of the public or a section of the public

    2. exclusively for members of a quantifying club (as defined under LA 2003), or the members of such a club and their guests, or

    3. in any other case, for consideration and with a view to profit

  2. the premises where the entertainment is provided are made available for the purpose, or for purposes which include, the provision of the entertainment

The types of entertainment which may be licensable under LA 2003 are:

  1. a performance of a play

  2. an exhibition of a film

  3. an indoor sporting event

  4. a boxing or wrestling entertainment

  5. a performance of live music

  6. any playing of recorded music

  7. a performance of dance, and

  8. entertainment of a similar description to a