The Legislative Reform (Entertainment Licensing) Order 2014

The Legislative Reform (Entertainment Licensing) Order 2014The Legislative Reform Order to amend the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003 in respect of entertainment licensing was laid before Parliament on 8 July 2014 and comes into force on 6th April 2015.


The LRO will amend Schedule 1 and section 177A of the Licensing Act 2003 (“the 2003 Act”) to deregulate certain types of regulated entertainment in defined circumstances, as summarised below.


Cross-activity exemption


The provision of regulated entertainment by or on behalf of local authorities, health care providers, or schools on their own defined premises will be exempt from entertainment licensing between 08.00-23.00 on the same day, with no audience limit.


Live music in relevant alcohol licensed premises and workplaces


The audience limit for a performance of live amplified music in relevant alcohol licensed premises or in a workplace between 08.00-23.00 on the same day will be raised from 200 to 500.


Recorded music in relevant alcohol licensed premises


Any playing of recorded music in relevant alcohol licensed premises will be deregulated (on a conditional basis) when it takes place between 08:00-23:00 on the same day for audiences of up to 500.


Live and recorded music exemptions


Local authorities, health care providers and schools will be exempt from entertainment licensing when making their own defined premises available to third parties for live and recorded music activities between 08:00-23:00 on the same day for audiences of up to 500.


Community premises not licensed to supply alcohol will be exempt from entertainment licensing requirements for live and recorded music between 08:00-23:00 on the same day for audiences of up to 500.


Travelling circuses


Travelling circuses will be exempt from entertainment licensing in respect of all descriptions of entertainment, except an exhibition of a film or a boxing or wrestling entertainment, where the entertainment or sport takes place between 08:00-23:00 on the same day, with no audience limit.


Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling


Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling will be deregulated between 08:00-23:00 for audiences of up to 1000 people.


Incidental film


An exhibition of film that is incidental to another activity (where that other activity is not itself a description of entertainment set out in paragraph 2 of Schedule 1 to the 2003 Act) is exempt from licensing.