Entertainment licensing exemptions now apply

Changes in licensing regulations (for England and Wales) came into force on 6th April 2015, deregulating various types of entertainment.

Welsh umbrella body WCVA has a short item which highlights these changes:

  • You will no longer need a licence to show films incidentally to another activity which doesn’t itself require a licence.
  • Provided permission is given by the venue, you won’t need a licence for recorded or live music with an audience of less than 500 people between 8am and 11pm, if it takes place at
    • a community premises (such as a church hall, village hall or similar)
    • a hospital
    • a school, or
    • premises or land owned or occupied by a local authority.

Also see Gov.uk’s summary on entertainment licensing.

Sandy Adirondack’s coverage at present pre-dates the confirmation of the regulations, but should still be of use, too.