Events licences consultation

Posted: 27th September 2011

sports crowdThe Government believes that the Licensing Act 2003 imposes a licensing requirement for many events where there is little or no risk of trouble – for example school plays, brass bands playing in public parks and even Punch and Judy shows. To that end, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has issued a consultation document on proposals to remove the requirement for many events with an audience of fewer than 5,000 people.

The consultation looks at all currently licensable activities and asks for views on what would happen if the activity no longer required a licence. Where there is no good reason to continue with the existing regime, the Government will look to abolish it.
The activities are:
  • a performance of a play
  • an exhibition of a film,
  • an indoor sporting event,
  • a boxing or wrestling entertainment (both indoors and outdoors),
  • a performance of live music,
  • any playing of recorded music, and
  • a performance of dance
The Government is seeking the views of those working in the industry to ensure the prevention of public nuisance, the protection of children from harm and the maintenance of public safety.
Ministers confirmed, however, that there will be no relaxation of the rules for gatherings of more than 5,000 people or for boxing, wrestling and things classed as sexual entertainment.
The consultation can be found here. The closing date for responses is 3 December, 2011.