Cutting back red tape for community entertainment

Village halls, schools, community centres and pubs among those due to benefit under new rules.

Rule changes will mean that community venues – including community centres, schools, village halls and hospitals – will be exempt from licensing restrictions on a range of entertainment and cultural events.

They will be free to put on events like dance displays and concerts without having to apply to the local council for a licence.

Cutting paperwork – and costs

Under current rules, eligible organisers either have to apply for a Temporary Event Notice at least 10 days prior to putting on every event, or apply for an entertainment licence, which on average costs well over £200 for new applications.

Encouraging creativity

Local businesses like bars and pubs, and cultural organisations will also benefit from the proposed changes. They will no longer have to fill in reams of paperwork and go through a costly process just to host a live music band or put on a play. It’s anticipated that the move will see thousands of extra events take place across the country.

‘Red tape challenge’

The change – to the 2003 Licensing Act – has been brought about following a public consultation, and is part of the Red Tape Challenge, which aims at removing unnecessary bureaucracy from civil society organisations, charities and businesses.


Following Parliamentary approval, it is expected that the measures will come into effect in England and Wales by April 2013. The remaining legislative measures for live and recorded music will be introduced to Parliament as soon as possible. We also intend to consult next year on measures that examine community film screenings.

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