Consultation on further deregulation of regulated entertainment

Napthens - November 19th 2013

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport has issued a consultation on further deregulation of regulated entertainment, stating that the Government wishes to remove bureaucracy and cost from community entertainment activities, make it easier for schools, community groups and civil society organisations to hold cultural and sporting events and to grow the creative economy and remove burdens from small and medium sized businesses.

A full copy of the consultation can be viewed online but the key proposals are to:

  • Exempt activities held by or on behalf of local authorities, hospitals, nurseries and schools from entertainment licensing with no audience restrictions, so long as the activities take place between 8am and 11pm
  • Deregulate live music in licensed premises or workplaces between 8am and 11pm for audiences of up to 500 (increase from the current audience limit of 200)
  • Deregulate recorded music in premises open for the supply of alcohol for consumption on the premises between 8am and 11pm for audiences of up to 500
  • Deregulate live and recorded music on premises owned by local authorities, hospitals, nurseries, schools and community premises where they have given their specific permission for the activities to take place and for audiences of up to 500, so long as the activities take place between 8am and 11pm
  • Deregulate performances of a play, indoor sporting events, live music, recorded music and performances of dance for tented circuses with no audience restrictions between 8am and 11pm
  • Deregulate Greco-Roman and free-style wrestling with no audience restrictions between 8am and 11pm

The consultation closes on 17th December 2013.