DCMS Consultation on Further Entertainment Exemptions

DCMS Consultation on Further Entertainment ExemptionsThe DCMS has launched a consultation on further measures to exempt certain forms of entertainment.


In 2011 the DCMS sought views on removing licensing requirements in England and Wales for most entertainment activities as defined in the Licensing Act 2003.  As a result of that consultation, the Government announced a set of deregulatory measures in January 2013 and this consultation relates to the introduction of a range of licensing exemptions for lower risk activities and the conditional relaxation of existing controls on live and recorded music.


It is worth noting that the DCMS fully intends to implement the announced policy position and is only seeking view on the detail of its announced policy position. 


Proposal


Deregulation will only apply to the activities below which are conducted between 08:00-23:00 to minimise any risk of excess noise when the impact of noise disturbance on households is highest.


Cross-activity exemptions


The following will be exempt from entertainment licensing between 08:00-23:00 with no audience limitations:



  • Entertainment activities held by, or on behalf of, local authorities on their own premises.

  • Entertainment activities held by, or on behalf of, hospitals and schools on their own premises.

  • Entertainment activities that are part of nursery provision on non-domestic premises.

Live music


A performance of live amplified music in alcohol licensed premises or in a workplace will not require specific permission where the entertainment takes place between 08:00-23:00 and the audience consists of up to 500 people. The present audience ceiling is 200 people.


Recorded music


Any playing of recorded music in alcohol licensed premises will not require specific permission where the entertainment takes place between 08:00-23:00 and the audience consists of up to 500 people.


Live and recorded music exemptions


The following events will be exempt from entertainment licensing for live and recorded music between 08:00-23:00, where the audience consists of up to 500 people:



  • Activities held on local authority premises.

  • Activities held on hospital and school premises.

  • Activities held in community premises.

Circuses


Tented circuses will be exempt from entertainment licensing in respect of performances of live music, the playing of recorded music, indoor sporting events and any performance of a play or dance that takes place between 08:00-23:00, with no audience limitation.


Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling


Above wrestling disciplines to be exempt from licensing, with no audience limitations, if these contests take place between 08:00-23:00.


Proposed Implementation


The DCMS intend that the proposed changes are made through a Legislative Reform Order under the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006. Subject to the outcome of the consultation, they anticipate that the changes could come into force as early as April 2014.


Closing Date: 17 December 2013.