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Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Legal update – Alcohol, Entertainment, TV Licensing

This update comes from voluntary sector legal expert Sandy Adirondack on Alcohol, entertainment & TV licensing.


Some of this is from 2015 so you may be aware of it, but some is new.

Alcohol & entertainment licensing fees

Licensing fees for regulated entertainment and the sale of alcohol will continue to be set nationally, rather than locally as was proposed.

Personal licences

Since 1 April 2015 personal licences for the sale of alcohol now last indefinitely, rather than needing to be renewed every 10 years.

Temporary event notices (TENs)

From 1 January 2016 the maximum number of temporary event notices per year for the sale or provision of alcohol and/or regulated entertainment at a single location is increased from 12 to 15.

Community & ancillary sellers notice (CAN)

The Deregulation Act includes provision for a community and ancillary sellers notice, formally referred to as a Part 5A notice, under which community organisations and small businesses will be able to sell or provide alcohol occasionally without having to get a premises licence or TENs. This needs secondary legislation – no date yet.

Regulated entertainment

Since 1 April 2015, the size of audience at which an entertainment licence has been increased for regulated entertainment (live and recorded music, plays, dance, indoor sporting events, community film showings) and in some cases the need for a licence has been removed regardless of audience size.

TV licence to watch BBC iPlayer

Until now, a TV licence has not been required to watch or download iPlayer or other on-demand or catch-up TV. But from 1 September, a licence will be required to watch or download BBC programmes on BBC iPlayer on any device (TV, computer, tablet, mobile phone or anything else). A licence is not required to watch or download other on demand or catch up programmes. This could affect organisations which do not have a TV licence, but where anyone on the premises watches BBC iPlayer.


To view these and other legal updates, visit Sandy Adirondack’s voluntary sector website at