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Licensing

Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licensing Policy 2024 Consultation

We invite you to provide feedback between 30 January 2024 and 25 March 2024. View the consultation.

Summary

You may require a premises licence from us to provide the following types of entertainment:

  • any entertainment between 11pm and 8am

  • amplified live or recorded music to an audience of more than 500 people

  • recorded music to an audience on premises that are not licensed to sell or supply alcohol

  • performances of plays or dance to an audience of more than 500 people

  • indoor sporting events to more than 1,000 spectators

  • boxing or wrestling

  • screening films to an audience.

Do I need a licence to stage boxing or wrestling?

Yes, you need a licence to stage boxing, wrestling and mixed martial arts. One licence application can cover all types of regulated entertainment and the sale or supply of alcohol.

Do I need a licence to screen a film?

Yes, you need a licence to screen a film or show moving pictures. One licence application can cover all types of regulated entertainment and the sale or supply of alcohol.

When don’t I need a licence?

You don’t need a licence in the following circumstances:

A live music performance or playing recorded music if:

  • it takes place between 8am and 11pm and

  • it takes place at premises that is already licensed for on sales of alcohol and

  • the audience is fewer than 500 people.

A play or dance performance if:

  • it takes place between 8am and 11pm and

  • the audience is fewer than 500 people.

An indoor sporting event if:

  • it takes place between 8am and 11pm and

  • there are fewer than 1,000 spectators.

Exemptions

There are exemptions for:

  • places of public worship, village halls, church halls and other similar buildings

  • education

  • films/moving pictures that are incidental to other activities that aren’t classed as regulated entertainment

  • television broadcasts.

How do I apply for a licence?

See the Premises Licence page for information on how to apply.