Entertainment licensing is undertaken in accordance with the provisions of The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Order (NI) 1985 Article 3 and Schedule1. Past tragedies emphasize the need to ensure adequate fire protection and safe means of escape from premises where entertainment is provided. Such provisions are a major consideration in deciding upon the suitability of premises where entertainment is proposed.
There are two types of licence issued :
How is it determined if a licence is required?
Consideration has to be given to the type of entertainment proposed and the place where the entertainment will be provided. The above legislation defines both of these considerations.
An application to the District Council can be made online or manually. The manual application should include 3 No. copies of the application form Entertainment License Application the appropriate fee, layout plans of the premises (if a new application) and various electrical certificates. The applicant is required to give public notice of the application in a local newspaper.
What fee is payable?
The fee payable usually depends upon the number of persons permitted to be present at an entertainments function. The scale of fees is determined by the Department of the Environment .Entertainment license fees .
What happens when an application is made?
The Council is required to consult with the P.S.N.I. and the Fire Brigade. Arrangements will be made to inspect the premises and the applicant will be notified of any matters that may require attention. When the premises are found to be in order the application will be reported to the Council's PRS Committee for consideration. The Council is required to have regard to any observations submitted to it by the P.S.N.I. and/or the Fire Brigade. Any person wishing to make representation, as a result of the public notice of the application, will be afforded the opportunity of appearing before and being heard by the Council.
What conditions are applicable to an entertainment licence when granted?
The standard conditions upon which a license is granted are available from the council on request ( ref EL/2011). Additional conditions may apply to particular premises. An information booklet titled 'A guide to Entertainment Licensing' is available from the Building Control Department.
Will Tacit Approval Apply?
No. It is in the public interest that the authority must process your application before it can be granted. If you have not heard from the local authority within a reasonable period, please contact it.
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