Licensing Act consultation underway

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has opened a consultation on proposals to remove the requirement to obtain a licence for specific types of ‘regulated entertainment’, as defined in the Licensing Act 2003.

Under the Licensing Act, event organisers must apply for a licence in order to provide ‘regulated entertainment’, such as putting on an indoor sporting event, play, exhibition or music event. Licences are required under the Licensing Act in order to achieve the ‘licensing objectives’ which are:

-       preventing crime and disorder;

-       preventing public nuisance;

-       protecting children from harm; and

-       public safety.

The Government proposes to amend the definition of ‘regulated entertainment’ so that fewer event organisers require licences, making event organisation cheaper for small businesses and easier for voluntary and community organisations. However, the proposal is to retain licensing requirements for ‘regulated entertainment’ where audiences are expected to be in excess of 5,000, as those events are more likely to threaten the ‘licensing objectives’ listed above.

The consultation is taking place in order to obtain industry responses on whether or the not the licensing requirement should be removed. Full details of the consultation as released by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport can be found here. The consultation ends on 3 December 2011.