Our legal expert provides some updates on changes in the pipeline to make the running of community events easier and reducing the red tape. (Click on the underlined text for more information)
Volunteer Based Events
Office for Civil Society to publish guidance on regulation of volunteer-based events.
- Audience size for live music events that don’t need an entertainment licence to be increased from 200 to 500.
- Performances of plays and dance will no longer need to be licensed if audience is no more than 500
- Most indoor sporting events will no longer need to be licensed if audience is no more than 1000.
- The government intends to exempt community venues (community centres, village halls, schools, nurseries, hospitals) from nearly all entertainment licensing.
Until these changes are in place, the definition of regulated entertainment remains unchanged and a premises licence, temporary event notice or club premises licence remains in place.
Remember that events – regardless of whether they do or don’t need an entertainment licence – may still need other licences, in particular PRS/PPL for copyright or recorded works