Community groups TV licensing reminder for summer events

Community groups and charities are being reminded to check that they are correctly licensed to share TV coverage, of summer sports or other events for instance.

TV Licensing has produced a new ‘Clubs and Community Group Viewing Guide‘ – single page pdf, 549KB.

“You need to be covered by a valid TV Licence if you watch or record television programmes as they’re being shown on TV at a club or community group.

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Modernising NI entertainment licensing

The Northern Ireland government has started a consultation on entertainment licensing, based on recommendations from a Review Group. The responsible minister is quoted in the official news release as saying that this looks at “putting in place a more modern system which does not put undue burdens on businesses and local community groups” while addressing public risk and disturbance.

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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.
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Licensing regulation relaxations

From Sandy Adirondack’s Legal Update:

 Temporary event notices (TENs) are used for one-off events involving the sale of alcohol and/or regulated entertainment. From January 2016 the number of temporary event notices that can be used in a calendar year for the same premises will be increased from 12 to 15,

¬†Exemptions from licensing for regulated entertainment that have been in the pipeline for more than a year are likely to come into effect on 6th April 2015, » Continue reading news item ... “Licensing regulation relaxations”

Implications of locally set licensing fees

ACRE, the rural communities network, has produced a briefing for village halls etc. on a government consultation around the move from centrally-set to locally-set fees under the Licensing Act 2003.

The government info is at, running until 10th April; ACRE briefing in pdf, 344KB.