Reducing licensing requirements for community venues

The government has announced that, following public consultation, it is to make changes to licensing requirements under the 2003 Licensing Act. Community venues will be exempt from licensing restrictions on a range of entertainment and cultural events.

The measures to deregulate plays, dance and indoor sport will be put to Parliament in the next few weeks, with the intention of bringing the measures into effect in England and Wales by April 2013. The remaining legislative measures, including live and recorded music and entertainment activities at community venues, will be introduced to Parliament as soon as possible.

The Culture Department (DCMS) will also consult on measures that examine community film screenings later this year.

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