Indoor sports

The Council is responsible for the processing of all licence applications including Indoor Sports Entertainment.

Application for an Indoor Sports Entertainment Licence - Licence summary

If you use premises to show public sports entertainment, you must have a licence from the Council.  Licences are not required for premises where the showing of sport for entertainment is not the principal purpose of the use of the premises.  You must comply with any conditions attached to a licence.

Fees

A licence fee is payable:

  • £174 for one year
  • £43 for a 6 week temporary licence

Eligibility Criteria

You must not be disqualified from holding a licence, and you must be fit to be the holder of the licence.  You must not have applied for the same licence within the last year, unless there has been a material change in your circumstances since your last application.

Regulation Summary

Application Evaluation Process

A licence fee may be payable, and the licence may be subject to conditions that:

  • restrict the use of the premises to a specified kind or specified kinds of public sports entertainment
  • limit the number of persons to be admitted to the premises
  • fix the days and times when the premises may be open for the purposes of public sports entertainment

Applications must:

  • be in writing (including by electronic means)
  • be signed by the applicant (including by electronic means)
  • contain the applicant's name and address, and those of any employee who will manage the activity on a day-to-day basis, and the area in which the activity is to be carried out

The application must also contain either of the following:

  • A declaration that you will display a notice at the premises for 21 days which contains the details in your licence application and details on how to make representations regarding the application. This should be followed by a certificate to the licensing authority stating that this requirement has been complied with
  • A declaration that you do not have rights in the premises that enable you to put up a notice, and detailing the reasonable steps that you have made to acquire those rights

The Council will:

  • send a copy of the application to the Chief Constable
  • place a notice in at least one local or national newspaper which states the premises and applicant details contained in the application, that any objections or representations may be made to the local authority, and how such representations should be made
  • keep a register of applications in which they will enter the details of the receipt of the application, their final decision and reasons for the decision, the details of the terms of each licence granted and a note of any suspension, variation of the terms, or surrender, of a licence

The register must be available for inspection by any member of the public at reasonable times and places and any member of the public must be permitted to make a copy of it.

If the Council fails to make a decision within six months of the application, the licence is held to be granted or renewed.

Will Tacit Consent Apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the local authority by the end of the target completion period.

Apply for an Indoor Sports Entertainment Licence

There are two ways of applying:

Failed Application Redress

Please contact the Council in the first instance.

Within 28 days of the date of the decision to refuse their application, the applicant may require the licence authority to give the reasons for their decision.  The applicant may appeal to the sheriff against the decision, within 28 days of the decision, as long as they have already followed any available procedure in terms of stating their case to the Council.

The appeal will only be successful if the sheriff considers that the local authority, in making their decision, had:

  • erred in law
  • based their decision on an incorrect material fact
  • acted contrary to natural justice
  • exercised their discretion in an unreasonable manner

The applicant may then appeal on a point of law from the sheriff's decision to the Court of Session within 28 days from the date of the sheriff's decision.

Licence Holder Redress

Please contact the Council in the first instance.

If the Council decides to suspend a licence, not to renew a licence, or not to consent to material changes to the premises or vehicle used in the course of a licence holder's work, the licence holder may appeal against the decision to the sheriff, within 28 days of being notified, as long as they have already followed any available procedure in terms of stating their case to the Council.

The appeal will only be successful if the sheriff considers that the Council, in making their decision, had:

  • erred in law
  • based their decision on an incorrect material fact
  • acted contrary to natural justice
  • exercised their discretion in an unreasonable manner

The licence holder may then appeal on a point of law from the sheriff's decision to the Court of Session within 28 days from the date of the sheriff's decision.

Other Redress

Objections or representations relating to a licence application may be made in writing to the local authority, within 21 days of notice of the licence application being given, stating:

  • the grounds of the objection or nature of the representation
  • the name and address of the person making the representation

A chief constable, or anyone who has made a relevant objection or representation regarding the licence, may appeal against a decision within 28 days of being notified, as long as they have already followed any available procedure in terms of stating their case to the local authority.

The appeal will only be successful if the Sheriff considers that the local authority, in making their decision, had:

  • erred in law
  • based their decision on an incorrect material fact
  • acted contrary to natural justice
  • exercised their discretion in an unreasonable manner

Certificate of Compliance - Licence summary

If you use premises to show public sports entertainment, you must have licence from East Dunbartonshire Council. Prior to full approval of your application, you must post notice of your intent at your premises for 21 consecutive days.  A Site Notice can be obtained by contacting Customer Services.

Payment details

No fee is required.

Will tacit consent apply?

No

Apply for a Certificate of Compliance

There are two ways of applying:

Application to change an Indoor Sports Entertainment Licence - Licence summary

If you use premises to show public sports entertainment, you must have a licence from the local authority.  Licences are not required for premises where the showing of sport for entertainment is not the principal purpose of the use of the premises.  You must comply with any conditions attached to a licence.

Fee

Licence fee: £174

Will tacit consent apply?

Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from the licensing authority by the end of a period of 130 days permitted for final determination of the application.

Apply to change an Indoor Sports Entertainment Licence

There are two ways of applying:

Consumer Complaint

We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Citizens Advice will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.

Trade Associations