Public entertainment

The Council is responsible for the processing of all licence applications including public entertainment licences.

Please note that you will require to submit an application for a public entertainment licence at least 9 weeks prior to the event being held or, if the event requires to be advertised (see below) at least 12 weeks prior to the event being held.

Licence summary 

The types of premises in respect of which a public entertainment licence is required are specified at paragraph 3 of the Council’s Notice of Resolution (see below).  If you are unsure as to whether you require a public entertainment licence please contact the Licensing Team by email or by telephoning Customer Services 0300 123 4510 for more details.

Applications for a public entertainment licence are subject to a fee and should be made in writing on the relevant form. Applications must be signed by the applicant or their agent.

Apply for a Public Entertainment Licence

If your application will last six weeks or less an application for a temporary public entertainment licence can be made.  However, please note that temporary events will nevertheless require a full application to be made where they also require to be advertised in the press (see below for more details).  The requirements in respect of a full application will require to be complied with in such instances and the fee for a full application will be payable.

There are three ways of applying:

  • download an application form from the document tab on the right-hand side of this page and submit to the address shown
  • obtain an application form by contacting the Licensing Team by email or telephoning Customer Services 0300 123 4510 and submit to the address shown
  • apply online Application for a Public Entertainment Licence

Payment Details

  • £225 per year for a full application
  • £43 for a temporary application

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 6 month period permitted for final determination of the application.

Apply for a Site Notice

If you require to make an application for a full public entertainment licence you must also display a Site Notice detailing your application, in a public place at or near the premises for 21 days from the date the application is submitted.  The Notice must contain details relating to the application, where objections and representations can be made and how the objections and representations can be made.  A Site Notice can be downloaded from the document tab on the right-hand side of this page and can also be obtained by contacting the Licensing Team by email or by telephoning Customer Services 0300 123 4510. 

A Site Notice is not required for a temporary public entertainment licence, unless it also requires to be advertised in the press (see below).

If you are required to display a Site Notice you must also provide the Council with a Certificate of Compliance after the expiry of the 21 day period, confirming that you have complied with the requirement. A Certificate of Compliance can be downloaded from the document tab on the right-hand side of this page and can also be obtained by contacting the Licensing Team by email or by telephoning Customer Services 0300 123 4510. 

Certain Applications to be Advertised

The licensing authority will advertise the following types of applications in local newspapers in order to give the public notice of the proposed event:

  • Applications for a permanent public entertainment licence
  • Applications for funfairs lasting more than one day
  • Applications for large events (please contact the Licensing Team by email or by telephoning Customer Services 0300 123 4510 for more details)

Regulation Summary

Application Evaluation Process

The licensing authority will send a copy of the application to the local Chief Constable and other relevant consultees.

The licensing authority will give notice to the public in local newspapers of every permanent application and every application for a large funfair or event (please contact the Licensing Team by email or by telephoning Customer Services 0300 123 4510 for more details).

The licensing authority will then consider the application along with any objections or representations which may have been received.

Right of Appeal 

There is a right of appeal in respect of applications for a full public entertainment licence.  If you wish to appeal against a decision of the licensing authority you may do so to the local sheriff within 28 days of the decision. The sheriff can only uphold an appeal if they consider that the licensing authority:

  • erred in law
  • used incorrect material fact when making their decision
  • acted contrary to natural justice
  • didn't exercise their discretion in a reasonable manner

Appeals against a sheriff's decision can be made to the Court of Session within 28 days of the decision.

Please note that there is no right of appeal against the decision of a licensing authority in relation to a temporary public entertainment licence.

Consumer Complaint    

If you wish to make any objection or representation in relation to an application this must be in writing.

If you wish to appeal against a decision and you are a valid objector, you may do so to the local sheriff within 28 days of the decision. The sheriff can only uphold an appeal if they consider that the licensing authority:

  • erred in law
  • used incorrect material fact when making their decision
  • acted contrary to natural justice
  • didn't exercise their discretion in a reasonable manner

Appeals against a sheriff's decision can be made to the Court of Session within 28 days of the decision.

Notice of Resolution: Public Entertainment Licensing

CIVIC GOVERNMENT (SCOTLAND) ACT 1982, SECTIONS 9 AND 41  NOTICE OF RESOLUTION: PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING             

CIVIC GOVERNMENT (SCOTLAND) ACT 1982, SECTIONS 9 AND 41
NOTICE OF RESOLUTION :  PUBLIC ENTERTAINMENT LICENSING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on 26 September 2013 The East Dunbartonshire Council by virtue of the powers available under Section 9 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 made the undernoted Resolution to introduce, with effect from 1 July 2014, the requirement for a Public Entertainment Licence within East Dunbartonshire in the circumstances specified in the Resolution.

RESOLUTION

  1. Section 41 of the 1982 Act relating to public entertainment licences shall continue to have effect in the Council’s area.
  2. Subject to the terms of the Act, a public entertainment licence shall be required for the use of the premises specified in paragraph 3 below as places of public entertainment as from 1 July 2014.
  3. Subject to paragraphs 4 and 5 below, the premises in the Council’s area which require to be licensed under this resolution are as follows: 
    1. theatres
    2. premises used for concerts, musical performances and other shows
    3. dance halls and discotheques
    4. exhibitions, including sporting exhibitions
    5. premises used for fairgrounds or pleasure parks
    6. premises used for highland games
    7. premises used for agricultural or other outdoor shows
    8. premises used for circuses
    9. premises used for performing animals
    10. premises used for fireworks and bonfire displays
    11. billiard, snooker and pool halls
    12. premises used for indoor bowling alleys
    13. premises used for fetes with marquees for the public
    14. premises used for paintball games
    15. premises used for lectures or oral recitals, including poetry reading, story telling and illustrated talks
    16. premises used as sun tan centres
    17. premises used for go-karting
    18. premises used for raves
    19. premises used for shooting galleries
    20. premises used for laser displays and games
    21. premises used for indoor children’s play centres
    22. premises used for indoor climbing centres
    23. premises used for sporting events otherwise than in terms of section 41A of the Act
  4. The following premises are exempt from the requirement to have a public entertainment licence
    1. school halls
    2. premises used for community events such as gala days, fetes, street parties and other similar events
  5. There shall also be exempt from the requirement to have a public entertainment licence the following premises where (i) members of the public are admitted or may use any of the facilities for the purposes of entertainment or recreation without payment of money or money’s worth and (ii) the capacity does not exceed 300 persons:-
    1. premises used for functions held by charitable, religious, youth, sporting, community, political or similar organisations
    2. exhibitions, including sporting exhibitions
    3. premises in which live music is being provided incidentally to the main purpose or use of the premises where that main purpose or use is not as a place of public entertainment
    4. premises used for lectures or oral recitals, including poetry reading, story telling and illustrated talks

The following further information should be noted:-

  1. Although this Resolution, which applies to the whole of The East Dunbartonshire Council administrative area, does not come into force until 1 July 2014, the current arrangements for public entertainment licensing in East Dunbartonshire will remain in effect until that date. 
  2. With effect from 1 July 2014 and subject to the exemptions specified in the Resolution, it will be an offence under section 7(1) of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 to use any of the types of premises specified in the Resolution as a place of public entertainment without a licence from East Dunbartonshire Council.
  3. Applications for licences in respect of public entertainment will be considered by the Council after the expiry of one month after the date of the making of the resolution

 

Public Entertainment Licensing
East Dunbartonshire Council
12 Strathkelvin Place
Kirkintilloch
G66 1TJ